Easy Tips for Wine Temperature

Easy Tips for Wine Temperature 

A Guide to Temperatures for Red, White and Sparkling Wines

We often hear the direction, "serve your reds at room temperature." Well, in earlier days before central heating and air conditioning, room temperature was about 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Today a normal room temperature is 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (F). This happens to be too warm to serve reds with the correct range for the temperature for red wine being 60 to 65 degrees F. Also, our refrigerators today can run as low as 37 degrees F. No wine should ever be served less than 40 degrees F! Temperature for white wine should be between 58 and 62 degrees F.

It is true that red wines are often served too warm and whites too cold. What a difference a few degrees makes! Too cold and the aromas and flavors are masked or absent and when too warm the flavor can be flat and/or bitter. The wine can actually feel like it is "burning" the mouth.

Sparkling wines, such as Champagne and Asti Spumante are served cooler for better flavor and so the bubbles can really perform their dance up to the surface of your crystal Champagne glass.

Here are a few very easy tips to chill wine so it can be fully enjoyed:

Place the bottle in a deep ice bucket filled half with cold water and half with ice. Reds will chill in 5 minutes, whites in 15 to 25 minutes and sparkling wines in 30 minutes. Works every time!

Put room temperature reds in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes and take whites out of the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Also, there is a wine and beverage chiller that is kept in the freezer before use. It wraps around a bottle like a girdle and chills the contents in 5 minutes. It will keep your beverage cool for up to two hours too.

A final tip is that if your wine is too cool simply cup your hands around the bowl of the glass (where your wine is) and swirl. The heat of your hand will warm it up very quickly.

Serving Temperatures for Wine:

  1. Reds: 62 - 65 degrees (16 - 18 Celsius)
  2. Fruity reds (Beaujolais): 58 to 60 degrees (14 - 14.5 C)
  3. Rose/Blush: 50 - 55 degrees (10 - 13 C)
  4. Most whites: 58 - 62 degrees (14 - 16 C)
  5. Sparkling Wines: 45 degrees (7C)

Never serve any wine less than 40 degrees F or over 68 degrees F. As a general rule to live by, reds taste better warmer and whites cooler. Do your own taste test and see. Happy tasting!



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