Serving temperatures of white wine and red wine won't be a mystery anymore.
In general, most red wines taste best at a cool-room temperature between 62 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that room temperature is relevant depending on where you live. Room temperature in the Colorado Rockies is decidedly different than room temperature in Miami.
Red wine if served too cold loses it unique characteristics. When you encounter a red wine that may be a bit on the chilly side, you can warm it by holding the bowl of the glass gently in your hands.
Conversely, serving a red wine at a temperature that is too warm may taste overtly of alcohol, experience a burning sensation and again loose the luster and beauty of the enjoyment of a wonderful glass of red.
TIP - the lighter bodied the wine, the cooler the serving temperature should be.
White wines are served colder than red wine. The higher the quality of the white wine the less cold it should be served. Serving and drinking white wines at this lower temperature allows the wonderful characteristics of the wine shine through.
If storing your white wine in your home refrigerator, allow the bottle to warm up a bit before serving.
As always, enjoying a glass of wine should be your experience. These are just guidelines for wine temperature to enhance your experience. I personally enjoy a glass of Chardonnay, with its light, crisp, fruity flavors, straight out of the fridge. Again, that's my personal choice. There really are no rules, drink what you like, pair it with what excites your taste buds, but the most important thing is to enjoy it!
Wine Temperature Guidelines
Type of Wine
Most Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
Older or expensive, complex Champagnes
Inexpensive sweet wines
Roses and Blush wines
Simple inexpensive white wines
Dry Sherry (fino or manzanilla)
Fine, dry white wines
Finer dessert wines
Light, fruity red wines
Most red wines
Sherry other than fino or manzanilla
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