Ideal Wine Serving Temperatures

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If you really want to enjoy wine at served to enhance its real character and taste, you should know a little about the different temperatures for varietals and the ideal serving temperatures. You should also read our guide on storing wine properly and learn why you really need a wine cooler to drink wine at its best.

Chilling White Wine

Most white wines should be chilled between 45°F and 50°F. Of course the variation in temperature makes a difference depending on the varietal (type of grape).

Using your refrigerator to chill white wines isn’t ideal, especially for high end varieties of white wine, primarily because ordinary refrigerators operate at an average of 35°F, cooling the wine beyond its ideal serving temperature.

  • When you serve white wine at below optimum temperature,  you lose the enhanced aromas and flavors.
  • When you serve white wine higher than optimum temperature, then they tend to taste flat.

Serving Red Wine

Most white wines should be chilled between 50°F and 65°F. Again the variation in temperature makes a difference depending on the varietal (type of grape). Although some people suggest “room temperature” for serving red wine, this is a fallacy – accepted room ambience is dependent on the structure of the room, the number of people in it, presence of heating or cooling, and can vary from 64°F and 75°F for “ordinary comfort zones”. This means that your reds stored at room temperature are at sub optimal temperatures for drinking.

  • If you serve red wine at temperatures colder than recommended, you would detect a loss in aroma, as well as taste, some experts claim that cool red wine tends to taste acidic.
  • If you serve red wine at temperatures higher than suggested for their varietal, then you may find that it may have an enhanced alcoholic flavour, and may taste “flat”.

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