To Chill or Not to Chill? Which Wines are to be Served Cold?

To Chill or Not to Chill - Which Wines are to be Served Cold

Wine is a delicate drink. It can be gratifying, but you must serve it at the right temperature to get the most out of it. So, which wines are supposed to be served chilled? What’s the right temperature to serve wine? Here are all the answers.

Should You Chill Wine? How About Adding Ice?

There’s nothing wrong with chilling wine. Actually, for white, rosé and sparkling wine, the fridge temperature (around 4°C) is perfect. The problem with serving wine colder than that is that you miss out on the wine’s aroma.

The aromatic molecules in wine hit your nose thanks to the alcohol evaporating, and if too cold, you won’t perceive them. This is so important not to be overlooked to get the maximum wine tasting experience.  We all love to savor those aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, or fresh crisp apples on the palate.  So let the wine open up at the right temperature to truly experience all the wine has to offer.

Adding ice cubes to your wineglass might be frowned upon in some circles, but it’s best to keep in mind the melting ice will water down the wine and eventually make it taste flat, no one wants that.

Should I Chill Red Wine?

Red wine is a bit more complicated. Reds are always more aromatic than whites, and they’re more alcoholic, too. If you want to enjoy those lovely fruit aromas, hints of black pepper, chocolate and leather, you must serve the wine at 10°C-16°C, or what some people call room temperature.

Serve red wine too cold, and it will just taste bitter and unrefined. Serve it too hot, and it will be too alcoholic on your nose and palate. You should always chill red wine to reach the right temperature, but never more than that.

So, to Chill or Not to Chill?

Chill all wines to reach the desired temperature. For white, rosé and sparkling wine that’s anywhere between 4°C and 10°C and for red wine between 10°C and 16°C. Your home is often much warmer than that, so chilling your wine bottles is almost always mandatory.

Over-chilling wine is a thing, too, so be careful. You don’t want your precious wine to underperform, remember don’t serve wine to warm or too cold; it must be just right!

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