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?
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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