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A Chat On Wine Serving Temperatures

November 30th, 2015

Serving your wine has to be done with care. After all, you’d want your guests to enjoy the best taste of each bottle you pop open. That’s why it’s highly recommended to serve wine at its ideal temperature to ensure that you preserve its peak taste and smell. So just like storing wine, serving wine also follows some essential rules, specifically on wine serving temperatures.

At what temperature is your wine best served?

Learning the basics…

Now let’s first recall the ideal wine storage conditions that basically emulate those in the underground caves of Europe. The ideal wine cellar temperature range is 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity which means wine cellars have to maintain such conditions in a consistent manner to keep the wine bottles “fresh.” That’s because extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity will have a detrimental effect to the wine’s aging process. But what about when you’re about to serve your wines? Is there a significant difference between “storing” and “serving” temperatures? You bet there is!

Let’s start off with the most basic – the reds. Red wine is highly recommended to be served cool at a serving temperature of around 60 to 70 degrees. You might hear from others that red wine is best served at room temperature, but that’s actually a misconception. Serving it cool at 60 to 70 degrees will bring out the reds’ peak taste. Once you’re selected your choice of red from your wine cellar, give it an hour in the fridge before serving it.

Next up is your whites. White wine and rose are both recommended to be served at a temperature of 50 t0 60 degrees. Why so? That’s because these temperatures can dramatically impact the way your white or rose will taste and smell. Also, once you have opened the bottle and poured a round for your guests, we recommend that you skip the ice. Let the bottle thaw on the table and you will notice that wine’s aromas and character will take on more interesting tastes and textures as the temperature rises.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the serving temperature of sparkling wine. It’s not called the “bubbly” for nothing! Putting the bottle about an hour before popping it open will put it in the best temperature for pouring which is about 40 to 50 degrees. If time is an issue, put your bottle in an ice bucket for thirty minutes or so. Note that keeping your bottle in ice cold temperature will keep the bubbles fine rather than foamy. So after you have poured, don’t forget to keep the open bottle on ice until it’s all finished. *Cheers*