Are you a casual wine lover looking to expand your knowledge? One of the most important things to know is about wine temperature. Storing and serving wine at the right temperature helps to preserve the best flavor. Both red and white wine store best at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Most refrigerators are set 15-20 degrees too cold to meet this temperature requirement. Likewise, most room temperatures are too warm. If you are ready to get serious about your wine storage, but don’t have the means or space to set up a full scale wine cellar, consider a wine cooler unit. About the size of a large minibar, the coolers can hold several bottles of wine, and have variable temperature controls.
What about serving temperatures? You may have heard that white wine should be chilled, while red wine is best at a warmer temperature. In general, this is true, however, within that guideline, different wines are best served at varying temperatures. For example, Asti Spumanti is best at 41 degrees, while champagne is best at 45 degrees. Both of these bubbly white wines are similar in type, yet the perform best at different temperatures. Keeping a wine temperature chart handy will help keep you on top of what temperature will be best for your favorite wine.
To insure that you are serving your wine at the specific temperature that brings out its best, consider an under counter wine fridge or a special wine thermometer. There are several types that will meet the requirements of monitoring wine temperature. Some will clip easily to the side of the wine bottle, while infrared models will allow you to take the temperature without touching the wine.
This may seem like a lot of work for a simple glass of wine. Consider though, the value of that effort. After all, if you’ve spent a considerable amount of time pairing the perfect wine with dinner, or spent big money for that special bottle, you want to serve it at it’s best, right? Keeping and serving your wine at it’s ideal temperature is one of the best ways to easily insure a good flavor is preserved in your wine. With some simple tools, and a little knowledge, you can keep and serve your wine at the best temperature. That will make your wine the best it can be, and you can throw the best dinner parties on the block.