Wine connoisseurs are careful to store wines at specific temperatures depending on the type. Whites are generally chilled more than reds. Here’s a guide for the optimal storage temperatures for various wines.
|Temperature in °F||Types of wines||Examples|
|63 to 65||Rich, warm reds||Bordeaux, Shiraz, Rhone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy|
|57 to 61||Light to medium reds||Pinot Noir, Chianti, Zinfandel, Madeira, Chinon|
|54||Fruity reds||Beaujolais, Valpolicella|
|52||Full-bodied whites||White Burgundy|
|48 to 50||Light to medium whites||Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis|
|43 to 47||Sparkling wines||Champagne, Muscats, Cava, Sauternes|
If you own a wine cooler, there’s a helpful tip for serving reds and whites. For red wines, put them in to chill 20 minutes before serving. For white wines, keep them chilled and pull them out 20 minutes before serving. As a rule of thumb, no wine should be consumed warmer than 68°F.
Chart information found at Better Tasting Wine.
|Brittany Rowland researches new developments in Appliances, Kitchen and CE products features with a vigor to which few would aspire… but someone has to do it. See more about Brittany|
More Wine Articles
Regular wine glasses are designed to stand up to a lot of use. Typically possessing thick glass, they’re easy to throw in the dishwasher with all your other dishware. If you have some fine wine glasses, however, then you want to protect them and keep … [more]
Many people buy and serve wine for social occasions: parties, holiday get-togethers, and nice dinners. They’re content just to have a handful of bottles at a time. Other people, though, are serious collectors who enjoy holding onto special bottles … [more]
Related Top 10 Lists
You may think that there’s not much to consider when it comes to wine glasses, just as long as they hold wine, but you’d be surprised. We looked at a number of factors as we compiled our list of best 10 wine glasses: 1. Durability, 2. Ease of … [more]
Wine coolers allow collectors to store bottles at just the right temperature so they last longer and are perfectly chilled when served. As we compiled the top 10 wine coolers, we considered several factors that set the top models apart from the … [more]