Wine is all about the presentation. It makes a big difference depending on what glass you use, what food you’re pairing with and at what temperature your wine is served, among other things.
The temperature makes more of a difference than I knew to admit. In my mind, it’s white wine equals cold and red wine equals room temperature. But, like all things wine, it’s not that simple. Here’s a good reminder for all of us “don’t-quite-know-it-alls”:
- Sparkling Wines: 6-11˚ C (42-52˚)
- White Wines: 7-10˚ C (45-50˚F)
- Blush Wines: 7-13˚ C (45-55˚F)
- Red Wines: 10-18˚ C (50-65˚F)
So, it looks like I was on the right track when I said that white wines should be served colder than reds, but it can be frustrating figuring out when you’ve reached the correct temperature. Once you’ve found it, though, you’ve opened that wine up to the best it can possibly be and where the optimal flavours and aromas are highlighted.
Apparently a wine fridge is the way to go, but who the heck has one of those? (*cough* my parents *cough* ) You can just use your regular refrigerator by remembering that a bottle of wine typically cools 2˚C (4˚F) every 10 minutes that it’s in there, and opposite for when you take it out. And enjoy!
Note: I found this great device for testing the temperature of your wine. Check it out on Amazon.