General Wine Terms
- Alcohol Content
- Alcoholic Fermentation
- Barrel Fermentation
- Blush Wine
- Botrytis Cinerea
- Carbonic Maceration
- Dessert Wine
- Fortified Wine
- Ice Wine
- Late Harvest
- Malolactic Fermentation
- Non-Varietal Wine
- Place Name
- Rice Wine
- Sparkling Wine
- Table Wine
- Varietal Wine
Don't believe what you hear... about wine drinking temperatures! - Knowing the correct wine drinking temperatures
Optimal Drinking Temperatures for Different Wines:
Full-bodied reds: 60-65F
Light reds: 55-60F
Suggested Storing Temperature: 55F
Rose and Full-bodied whites: 50-55F
Light whites: 48F
Sweet whites, champagne and iced wines: 40-45F
Average Refrigerator: 35F
Surely you've heard that red wines should be served at room temperature. But the problem with this rationale is that “room temperature” meant something slightly cooler when the term became associated with drinking wine!
And you've also probably heard that white wine should be served chilled. True, but not at the temperature of your refrigerator!
To be more accurate, all wine should be served slightly below room temperature. This helps release the wine's natural (and hopefully pleasant!) aromas when it is opened and comes into contact with the air in your room – that is actually room temperature! This is because as wine warms, it starts to vaporize, thus releasing the aroma with it.
logabottle hint: Let white wines set out (of the fridge) for 20 minutes, and let red wines to cool (in the fridge) for 20 minutes.
If your white wine is fresh out of the fridge, and you don't have the time to let it sit out for 20-30 minutes (or you've cooled your red wine too much), simply hold the cup of the wine glass between your hands. This will quickly augment the temperature.
On the flip side, do NOT hold a glass of wine by the cup if it's already at the perfect temperature! Instead, make sure to hold it by the stem, to avoid warming the wine.
logabottle hint: Drink cheap wines cold! This will help mask the bad taste J But beware, it'll also mask the good tastes of a better wine!
Now that you know, don't be afraid to ask a waiter to chill your red for a bit, or let your white sit for a bit, before you drink it!