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Wine Storage Temperature

Wine Storage Temperature

Many people love the taste of wines and never give much of a thought as to how they should be preserved and stored. However, taking the time to learn the basics of storing wines will not only help keep them preserved for a longer period of time, but will allow them to taste better.

Generally, we tend to serve white wines too cold and red wines too warm. When white wines are served too warm, they will taste alcoholic and flabby, while they will be virtually tasteless when served too cold. Reds kept too warm will taste too soft and vinegary, while being served too cold will result in a taste that has an overly tannic bite and fewer flavors. Keeping the proper temperature for storing wines is an important part of the overall wine experience, so we have developed the following chart to help you keep wines at their proper temperatures:

 

How to Keep Your Wine at Its Best

Wine Temperature Table

 

Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Storing: Store at refrigerator temperatures (35°F to 40°F) 1 1/2 hours before serving.
Serving: Remove wine and place in ice bucket 20 minutes before serving; vintage-dated champagnes should be warmed for a bit before serving.
Flavors: Yeast and nutty flavors are very common for most champagnes and sparkling wines, while finishes can vary in flavors (ranging from apples and strawberries to cream and vanilla).

Refreshing White Wines

Storing: Keep chilled at refrigerator temperatures (35°F to 40°F) 1 1/2 hours before serving.
Serving: Remove wine from the fridge 20 minutes before serving to warm it up.
Flavors: Refreshing, crisp white wines have fruity flavors like apple, lemon, citrus, and more to give these wines a light taste and flavor throughout.

Full-Bodied White Wines

Storing: Store these wines at classic wine cellar temperature (55°F) for 1 1/2 hours.
Serving: Remove wine from the fridge 20 minutes before serving to warm it up.
Flavors: These white wines tend to have less of a citrus flavor while still keeping true to the fruity nature of white wines. Notes of peach, melon, and honey are just a few of the flavors you can expect to taste.

Dessert Wines

Storing: Keep chilled at refrigerator temperatures (35°F to 40°F) 1 1/2 hours before serving; fortified dessert wines (like ports and sherrys) are better served at wine cellar temperatures (55°F).
Serving: Remove wine from the fridge 20 minutes before serving to warm it up.
Flavors: Dessert wines aren’t hard to figure out: their natural flavor is going to be subtly sweet. Peaches, almond, oak and herbs are the typical flavors found in dessert wines.

Red Wines

Storing: Keep your red wines stored at temperatures warmer than cellar temperature, but cooler than room temperature, preferably at around 65°F.
Serving: Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.
Flavors: Depending on the body of your wine, the flavors will vary. Light- to medium-bodied wines will have light, fruity flavors like strawberry, fig, and blackberry; medium- to full-bodied wines will involve heavier flavors like mocha, smoke, or cocoa.

 

NOTE: To serve your wines at the appropriate temperature, you might consider investing in a quality wine refrigerator or a single bottle wine chiller. Wine refrigerators allow you to store many bottles of wine at their optimum temperature, while single bottle wine chillers can bring a bottle of wine to the appropriate temperature quickly, no matter where it has been stored.


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