Of the thousands of white wine grapes planted around the world, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are two of the most popular. More likely than not, one of these varieties was (or still is) your go-to grape at your local wine shop. However, despite running side by side in popularity, these two grape varieties are incredibly different, so much so, that lovers of one may entirely reject the other. So what exactly are the differences between these two noble varieties? We've got the answers here.
Another prominent difference between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc is the use of oak. Fuller-bodied Chardonnays often ferment and/or age in some form of oak vessel, whereas most Sauvignon Blancs avoid contact with oak to preserve the grape's acidity. Though as with any grape variety, there are certainly exceptions; many examples of higher acid, unoaked Chardonnays exist, as well as a handful of producers crafting Sauvignon Blanc in oak.