Serving wine at the right temperature could mean the different between an average-tasting wine and a great one. You’ll want to release the best aromatics possible in the glass by serving the wine at the best temperature for that particular variety. If wine is served too hot it can taste like berries, similar to fruit juice, while serving wine too cold will prevent you from experiencing the good things about the wine.
So what is the perfect temperature for wine? While serving wine is not an exact science, the general rule is to serve red wine between 62 – 68 degrees and white wine 48 – 55 degrees.
The following details will guide you to serving your wine at temperatures that will allow you to savor every sip.
While the general rule mentioned above is a good guide to follow, specific wines such as tart and sparkling have a precise temperature recommendation range.
- Tart Wines – These types of wines are also referred to as “bright.” You will want to serve these wines between 48 to 52 degrees.
- Sparkling Wine – Bubbly wine is often used for romantic meals, special occasions, celebrations and life events. You will want to serve sparkling wine between 50 to 55 degrees.
- Light Red Wines – Wines such as a young Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and Chianti are best served between 60 to 65 degrees.
- Rich White Wines – White wines that are aged such as Chardonnay should be served between 58 to 62 degrees.
- Heavy Red Wines – Heavy, full-bodied red wines such as Petite Sirah, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Syrah are best served between 63 and 68 degrees.
The perfect temperature for serving wine depends on the amount of alcohol it contains plus the tannin and fruit content. Due to the variety of wines and the broad range of ingredients, tannins and alcohol content, the temperature per type of wine is often a topic of debate among wine drinkers. It is safe to say that you should never store or serve any wine that is above 70 degrees. Remember to avoid serving your wine too cold or hot in order to experience the best flavor of the wine.