At What Temperature Should I Serve Red Wine

At What Temperature Should I Serve Red Wine

How many people drink their red wine at room temperature? The answer is a lot. Red wines are typically stored on the counter or in a wine rack whereas white wines, sparkling wines, and rose wines tend to be stored in the fridge.  Depending on the season, though, ambient temperatures in your home can range and red wine is actually at its best around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Room temperature in the summertime is far too warm for red wines to deliver their best flavors and fragrances.

Putting your bottle of red in the fridge for 30-40 minutes can do a world of good for your tasting experience. Apart from chilled drinks being preferable in the hotter months, a bottle of red wine can be enhanced in many ways. Higher alcohol wines, for instance, may taste limp without the acidity and clean taste it can provide. Amplify the acidic sensation the same way you would for a bottle of white wine by chilling it to 60-65 degrees.

If wine is 70 plus degrees, you are more likely to notice and taste the alcohol concentration. Alcohol will evaporate under your nose as you sip and enjoy causing it to taste and smell much stronger and potentially ruining the experience the wine can provide.  At recommended temperatures, alcohol is controlled and fruity aromas can blossom.

Low alcohol red wines are also enhanced because fruity aromas and flavors are bolder and more refreshing in warmer weather.

Wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon are exceptions to this as lower temperatures exaggerate bitterness. Wines with higher tannins should be served at higher temperatures but still below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consider using an ice bucket if you plan to share a bottle or drink slowly throughout the evening to get the best flavors possible out of your red wines.


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