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Wine wisdom: What's the right serving temperature?

19 September
2017-09-19 00:00:00
2017-09-19 00:00:00

Wine wisdom: What's the right serving temperature?

Question: At what temperature should I serve my wine?

Given the temperature variations of any given day, week or month, the weather, and what temperature you keep your home and your refrigerator, a discussion of temperature is in order as concerns serving wine.

What’s the right temperature?

The answer depends upon whether you are serving a white wine, a red wine or a rosé. Let’s talk about the red wines first.

The higher the ambient temperature (the temperature of the surrounding environment, whether indoors or outside), the faster the flavor compounds and alcohol will evaporate from wine.

So to keep the bouquet of the wine at its peak, serve red wine at between 60 and 65 degrees. The alcohol starts to evaporate at 68 degrees so a wine served above that temperature will eventually taste thin and out of balance.

Red wine served too cold (at or below 50 degrees) will taste tannic and bitter.

There is tannin in all red wines, but it does not overtly stand out when red wine is served at the correct temperature. Italian wine such as Chianti from Tuscany tends to be tannic and dry. Serve Chianti too cold and the tannin is the only thing you’ll remember.

We can say the same thing about most young red wines.

As the wines age, the tannin starts to fade and becomes less of an issue. So serve your Chianti at 60 degrees and it will reach 65 degrees in the glass as you enjoy it.

Need proof? Run the following test with Felsina Chianti Classico “Berardenga” 2014: Pour a glass and store it in the refrigerator then pour a second glass that you leave sitting on your kitchen counter at room temperature (between 69 and 77 degrees). Wait 20 minutes, remove the glass from the fridge and immediately sip wine from each glass. The difference in taste will be striking!

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