I will be the first one to admit my wine knowledge is totally basic. I know I like wine, but that’s about where my knowledge ends. There is no shame in this blog, so I’m just gonna say it, sometimes I drink warm Chardonnay, I know I’m not supposed to, but I do. While you were gathering yourself from that revelation, I would like to pinky promise that moving forward I want to do better… I need to do better… so I got down and dirty with research on the proper way I should be drinking my best friends… ummm I mean wine.
What I discovered in my research is that serving your wine at the ideal temperature will drive an optimal drinking experience. I don’t know about you, but if I’m adding in extra calories, they better be optimal. If you are serving your wine to warm, the alcohol flavor will be enhanced, which I know might sound enticing, but ultimately it just makes the flavor of the wine feel flat. And if you are serving your wines too cold, it will mute flavors making them taste too harsh and astringent.
So it seems we have ourselves in a bit of a goldilocks scenario, what is the perfect temp for your wine? Glad you asked, the majority of the resources suggested the following serving temperatures:
Sparkling Wine: 45-48 °F
Light White Wines: 45-50 °F
Full Bodied White Wines: 50-55 °F
Light Red Wine- 55-60 Degrees °F
Full Bodied Red Wines- 60-65 °F
Helpful right? Ummm, no, and just so you know your kid’s little forehead thermometer is no help in checking wine temperature. All of this is great info, but how the heck do you check a wine bottle’s temperature? So glad you asked! We have researched some of the top rated wine thermometers on Amazon and have provided you some affiliate links so you’ll never be abashed by your wine temperature again!
Is your wine a bit too hot? Too cold? Check out the quick how to video on the fastest way to make your wine perfect for that picky Goldilocks wine snooty guest.
Take a look at these great and affordable thermometer options! After all this digging, I am going to pinky promise to try to stop dropping ice cubes into my Chard! Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Kikkerland Wine Bottle Thermometer
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