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What’s the difference between a Dr. Vinny question and a popular Dr. Vinny question? Turns out “What’s the difference …?” explanations are among the most read (and re-read) of my columns year-in and year-out. Here I’ve compiled more than 25 of these disambiguations for anyone looking to freshen up their wine knowledge for 2021.

What’s the difference between …

Claret, Meritage and Bordeaux?

Pinot Noir and Burgundy?

Syrah and Shiraz?

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?

Merlot and Cabernet?

Bordeaux and Burgundy?

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc?

Bordeaux's Left Bank and Right Bank?

New World and Old World?

French and American oak?

Châteaus Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild?

Tawny Port and Vintage Port?

A wine cellar and a wine cooler?

Organic and biodynamic?

Terroir, appellations and AVAs?

Pét-nat and col fondo sparkling wines?

Premier and grand cru Burgundy?

Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Brunello?

Petite Sirah and Syrah?

Oaked and unoaked wine?

Refractometers and saccharometers?

Ice wine and botrytized wine?

Estate wine and single-vineyard wine?

Vermouth and Sherry?

A grape variety and a grape clone?

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