Ideal Serving Temperature for Wine

There are a range of proper serving temperatures for wine

What temperature should you drink wine at?

The best temperature for red wine is 62-68 degrees.
The best temperature for white wine is 49-55 degrees.

Serving wine is not an exact science unless you are the guys at Modernist Cuisine (who’d probably put the wine sous vide to the ‘perfect’ temperature). The goal of having the right wine serving temperature is to release the best possible aromatics in the glass without ruining the taste. In the video, we offer a very extreme example of polar opposite serving temperatures for effect, however the gist of it is all true. If your wine is too cold, you won’t get any of the good stuff (or the bad… read: if it’s bad, cool it down) and if your wine is too hot is tastes like berries and sweaty laundry.

Pretty much everything the video said in one image...

Believe it or not the temperature of wine will effect the flavor…a lot. Here I have a wine at about 62-68 degrees. This is an ice cold wine and this wine we had heating up on my stove.

There is a lot going on with the flavor. I feel in the front of my mouth, all the way to the back and into my throat. I’m getting berry notes, boysenberry, I get this sort of flora thing going on and some vanilla.

Now, let’s try the ice cold wine. Firstly, I can not smell. I can’t smell anything in this glass. It tastes tart and sour. That is all I can tell. This wine that has been on the stove, it smells like blackberry jam which actually smells pretty good. Ok, although it smelled really good, when I put it in my mouth, I get the initial burst right in the front. But it feels heavy, like a sack of potatoes on my tongue.

This is the same wine across the board and they taste remarkably different. So, just to recap, red wines between 62-68 degrees optimal serving temperature, and white wines probably between 49-55 degrees.

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If you live in a house that is over 70 degrees, maybe put it in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving it, this is a red wine. And if you’re serving a white wine that you store in the fridge, maybe pull it out 30 minutes before you serve it.

A lot of people have written us asking how to taste wine. What the hell is wrong with you guys, you don’t know how to taste? Your tongue doesn’t work? You taste like this, mmmhmmmm, ahhhh, that’s the stuff!

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