Finding a wine that we like can often be confusing and so can serving wine at the right temperature. With the lighter white wines and pink/rose wines the serving temperatures should be a little cooler than for red wines.
If a wine is served too warm the alcohol becomes prominent and if served too cold the aromas and flavors are hidden. Here is a little guide to serving temperatures.
Light dry white wines, rose and sparkling wines:
- Serve at 45-55 degrees to preserve their freshness and allow the fruit flavors to shine. For sparkling wines the right temperature keeps the bubbles from turning into froth.
Full bodied white wines and lighter fruity reds:
- Rich Chardonnay and Beaujolais are in this category which calls for temps at 50 to 60 degrees.
Full bodied reds:
- Serve at 60-65 degrees which is cooler than the average room temperature (but not a kitchen which is usually warmer).
Most of us do not have a wine cooler/fridge to keep the wines chilled. We usually keep the bottles on a wine rack in a corner of a room or we keep them in the refrigerator. It can be difficult to know if the wine is at the serving temperature noted above.
There are wine thermometers available in many popular retails stores that actually read the temperature of the wine. Serving wine at the temperatures noted will allow you to taste the flavors and smell the aromas as the winemakers intended.
Everyone has their own preference on how chilled they like their wine. So drink what you like and enjoy it with your favorite food.
Tip: Rich Chardonnay is a good match with buttered popcorn. Sit back, relax and watch your favorite movie while waiting for the snow to melt.