It’s no news that serving wine at wrong temperature can significantly harm the wine taste. Serving it at optimal temperature, we ensure maximum enjoyment without spoiling the flavor or aroma. One of the reasons many drinkers do not enjoy wine is because it’s not served at right temperature.
The temperature can greatly improve the taste of wine, in fact, its one of the most important factors when it comes to serving and enjoying wine. Each wine has its own optimal serving temperature, and knowing at which temperature to serve your wine is usually followed by some basic rules.
Here are some general rules that you should follow.
Sparkling Wines Should Be Served Ice Cold
Keep your sparkling wine in a fridge for three hours at approximately 8 °C. Avoid keeping sparkling wines for too long or else the bottle will result in an explosion. Low temperature will slow down the process losing the sparkle.
If your sparkling wine is served in an ice bucket, you should leave it there for no longer than half an hour. After opening the bottle, place it back in a bucket until the whole bottle is finished.
White Wines Should Be Served Chilled
Ideal serving temperature for white wines mostly depends on factors like weight and the body of wine. Lighter white wines are served chilled at the approximately 7-10 °C. White wines with more body and structure which are usually stored in a barrels express their aroma better when served at temperature around 10 to 12° C.
Red Wines Should be Served Cooled
There is a common misconception that the red wine should be served at room temperature. But, if the temperature exceeds 20 ° C, the wine will express more alcohol than fruit and will be heavy for the palate. Sommeliers are usually recommending that your serving temperature does not go below 14 ° C and beyond 18 ° C
Place the bottle of red wine in a fridge for maximum 15 minutes. After opening and decanting, leave it on the table to slowly warm to unlock its full taste.