What is the ideal wine serving temperature? Should you move your wine from the cellar to the fridge before serving it? Should only white and rosé wines serve chilled? These are the question we are addressing in this article.
Different wine serving temperature
The serving temperature is an important element too often overlooked. The wine characteristics and aromas are at their best when served at certain temperature (usually lower than the ambient temperature) but keep in mind there are other factors such as the type of grape and its region of origins that plays a role in determining the temperature.
Red wines should be served at temperature between 11 ºC (~ 52 ºF) and 18 ºC (~ 64.5 ºF) while white and rosé wines should be served between 10 ºC (~ 50 ºF) and 14 ºC (~ 57 ºF). No wines should be served at temperature above 20 ºC (~ 68 ºF).
The principle is simple, young or fruity wines are served at lower end of the range of temperature. Aged or tannic wines will be served around the higher end.
Sparkling wines should be served at temperature between 8 ºC (~ 46.5 ºF) and 10ºC (~ 50 ºF).
Reaching and maintaining the wine serving temperature
Depending on your fridge settings, you should be able to reach those lower temperatures by putting your wine bottle in the fridge and removing it a hour to thirty minutes (depending on the temperature you are targeting) before serving it. You can use a wine thermometer to control your wine temperature if you want more precision.
However, once you started serving the wine, you may want to use a bucket with fresh water and ice to maintain the temperature during the wine service.
To chamber your wine (meaning bringing it to room temperature), you just take it from your cellar and leave it on the counter or table. During a hot summer day, you may need a bucket with fresh water and some ice to bring the wine to the desired temperature.
Some bottles may have the ideal wine serving temperature on the back label. When buying your bottles, you may want to ask for advice about their serving temperature. You can also keep in mind the simple principle we discussed in this article, if you are still unsure, serve the wine a few degrees below room temperature. But remember, at the end of the day, you are the one who should enjoy the wine so experiment with your wines and find your palate’s favorite temperature.
How do you determine, reach and control your wine serving temperature?