Wine. It can be the most perfect beverage to pair with an elegant dinner, a casual meal, or even just a glass while you relax outdoors on the patio after a busy and long day. It’s an incredibly versatile drink that is divided into a few different types. Because these different types are so unique, they also hold their own instructions on the best temperature to keep them at. Serving wine at the ideal temperature will bring out its various notes and body, and even affect the way it smells, making for the ultimate experience. But what is the “perfect temperature” to keep wine at?
Keep in mind most people use a wine cooler to do all this thinking for them.
Here we’ll take a look at the main types of wine, and what temperature you’ll want to keep them at when serving.
Most people are well aware of the fact that white wine is best served chilled, but how chilled is ideal? Experts suggest aiming for between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit as the perfect temperature. This means you can place it in the freezer for up to 30 minutes if it wasn't pre-chilled, or put it in the fridge a few hours before you plan on drinking it.
White wine should be placed in the fridge right after you buy it to reach the ideal temperature, and stored in the fridge after opening it.
While many make the assumption that red wine is best served at room temperature, experts argue that it is best served "cool". This doesn't mean cold or out of the freezer, it means cool. The ideal serving temperature for red wine is 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
So how do you reach this perfect temperature? Well, you've got a couple of options. First, you don't want to store it in the fridge permanently; it should be stored in a cool, dry place instead. This means about one hour before you plan to serve it, you can place it in the fridge. If you're hurried for time, you can place it in the freezer for up to 15 minutes.
Just like with white wine, it is recommended that you serve rose cold. Its perfect temperature tends to be between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that once you have taken the wine from the fridge and served everyone a glass, you’ll want to cork it/cap it and put it back in the fridge.
While not exactly an everyday choice, sparkling wine does have a role to play. This one is often the wine of choice when celebrating events and big occasions. In order to enjoy this bubbly beverage to its fullest, it is recommended that you keep it between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many recommend popping the sparkling wine in the freezer about one hour before you plan to serve it. This will ensure it reaches the proper temperature. Just be warned that you can’t leave it in the freezer much longer, as you risk it bursting. By keeping the sparkling wine nice and chilled, you'll ensure the bubbles stay light and fine rather than get foamy.
A Wine Serving Expert
So, let this handy temperature guide act as your wine serving expert.