What is the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio?

Posted on: July 1st, 2019 by

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not a bad way handle most things.

Question: What is the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio wines? What are some examples?

What's the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio?Answer: For most of what you’ll find, Pinot Grigio will be light and unoaked while Chardonnay will tend to have some oak and be a little richer. Of course there are great unoaked Chardonnay like some Chablis. And terrible, boring unoaked Chardonnay. I would try Pinot Grigio from Italy, particularly Alto Adige in Northern Italy and compare that with a Chardonnay with a good deal of oak.

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