What wines are served chilled?
Knowing what wines to serve at what temperatures is much easier than you might think.
- The Wine Temperature Serving Guide.
- Sparkling Wine Should Be Served Ice Cold — 40 to 50 degrees.
- White Wine And Rosé Should Be Served Cold — 50 to 60 degrees.
- Red Wine Should Be Served Cool — 60 to 70 degrees.
Here are 8 red wines that benefit from being chilled, even if just slightly.
- Lambrusco. When it comes to wines that are exceptionally light in body yet still capable of carrying huge amounts of flavor, Lambrusco takes the cake.
- Pinot Noir.
- Cabernet Franc.
- At some point, you got it in your head that only white wines are served chilled and only red wines are served at room temp. It's not a bad rule in general, but it's not the end all be all. Serving a white wine at room temperature is actually a great way to test its quality and bring out subtle aromas and flavors.
- It is a myth that red wines should be served at room temperature, which is too warm. Lighter bodied reds, such as Pinot Noir, are best served at about 55°F. You can store the Pinot Noir in a wine refrigerator at the same temperature, which helps the wine extend its longevity.
- Red Wine Should Be Served Cool — 60 to 70 degrees. The most common misconception with red wine is that it is ideal to serve it at room temperature, when in fact serving it cool is the best way to enjoy it. To cool red down to its proper temperature, we like to place it in the fridge an hour before serving it.
White Wines. A white wine, such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot grigio, should be chilled to refrigerator temperature, usually between 35 F and 38 F, for an hour and a half. Remove the bottle from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving to it to warm slightly, which releases the aromas.
- Rosé should be chilled, of course, but it's a wine for drinking outdoors, on a sizzling hot day. It's the most seasonal of all wines, the seasons being late Spring through early Fall. Here's something else you should know. You might think, as I once did, that a proper rosé is a blend of white and red grapes.
- Lighter reds that taste great chilled include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Lambrusco and Rioja Crianza, while fuller-bodied reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are best left out of the refrigerator. Cooling red wine is a simple process and an ideal option for lighter summer drinking.
- * Light and medium bodied whites such as Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and unoaked Chardonnay. *If you don't have a wine refrigerator, put the bottle in your kitchen fridge for two hours until the bottle is cold to the touch…then take it out thirty minutes before serving.
When to put red wine in the refrigerator. Very few red wines need to be completely chilled before drinking with the exception of sparkling wines like Lambrusco. But reds can benefit from being in the refrigerator after they've been opened. "Once you open a bottle of red and are done drinking it, keep it in the fridge.
- Always keep unopened wine with a natural cork lying down in the refrigerator. When closing a bottle of open wine before putting it in the refrigerator (or even keeping it on the counter), seal it as tightly as possible by putting the cork back in or using a wine stopper that fits really well.
- Wine does expire, but it strongly depends on its quality. If it's a quality one, it can be stored even for a hundred years and after opening it'll be of great quality. Cheap wines should be used within a few years. Once the bottle of wine is opened, it will go bad fairly quickly, usually within a week.
- Store your wine upright for the first 3 to 5 days. After that, store your wine on its side in order to keep the cork moist. Store your wine in a cool, dark place. Your wine should be stored where the temperature is CONSISTENT…
Updated: 2nd October 2019