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Moselland Vanguard Pinot Grigio 2021

LCBO stores are fully decorated for the season these days, and the bottles on the shelves are no different. One that always catches our eye is the Vanguard Pinot Grigio in its avant-garde, turquoise blue or electric green bottle in the gift section. This is not-your-typical bottle, containing not-your-typical Pinot Grigio. There is a reason Vanguard keeps coming back at this time of year, and if you don’t know already, you should grab a bottle to find out why before it’s gone again.

Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Grigio and made in a richer style, similar to the famed wines of Alsace, France, Vanguard Pinot Grigio focuses on fragrant fresh grapefruit, lemon, apple, mandarin orange and floral notes. With a bright acidity and clean finish, it makes for a refreshing sip or great food-wine.

Enjoy With: Salads, seafood appetizers like shrimp or larger plates like baked halibut, roasted pork or sausage, and smoked gruyere cheese.

Style: A dry, medium-bodied, refreshing white wine.

Terroir/Region: In Germany, the Pinot Grigio grape is known as Grauburgunder, meaning “Grey Burgundian”, alluding to the grape’s grey-ish pink colour when ripe, and its origins in Burgundy as a member of the “Pinot” family (offspring of Pinot Noir). Germany is actually the third largest producer of Pinot Grigio in the world behind France and Italy!

Producer: Moselland, the makers of Vanguard Pinot Grigio, began in 1968 when local grape growers banded together to make their wines. As a co-op, the farmers are also the owners, so farmers pay close attention to their harvest in order to draw out the finest flavours from their grapes. Because of this, Moselland can source grapes from all over the top regions of Germany to deliver great quality at an amazing price.

AvailabilityVanguard Pinot Grigio is here for the holidays and only available as stocks last, so head to the LCBO for your bottle today. If you happen to notice a red bottle too, that’s the Vanguard Pinot Noir!

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Price: $17.95

LCBO #: 84186

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 12.0% alc./vol.