Why all this fuss about serving wine at particular temperatures? Well, of course the right taste is a matter of individual preference, but according to wine specialists if you want to fill your palate with all the distinct flavors and aromas of the wine you are tasting, make sure it is served at the right temperature.
As a rule of thumb, white wines are served chilled, while red wines at room temperature. But again, serving a bottle of red wine at room temperature on a warm summer evening in Italy or Greece, where temperatures may reach 24-25 degrees Celsius, will only make it lose its freshness and leave an unpleasant alcoholic sensation. An over chilled bottle of wine on the other hand, will leave you with a strong acidic taste does not sound like a good idea if you are looking for the perfect wining experience.
So, if you are looking for the perfect wining experience, here are some guidelines for serving your favorite wine at the right temperature so that you can enjoy every drop of it:
- Full-bodied reds (Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz): 17-18°C / 63-65°F
- Medium-bodied reds (Merlot, Chianti, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel): 14-16°C / 57-61°F
- Light, young and fruity reds (Beaujolais, Young Spanish, Portuguese) : 12-14°C / 54-57°F
- Full-bodied whites (White Burgundy, Chardonnay): 12-13°C/ 54-55 °F
- Medium to light bodied whites (Chauvignon Blanc, Moschofilero, Dry Gewürztraminer): 10-12°C / 50-54°F
- Dessert & Sparkling wines (Muscats, Champagne) 6-8°C/ 43-47°F
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