Interesting Wine Facts: Fact #1 – Serve at Room Temperature
Here I would like to introduce you to a new series of posts called ‘Interesting Wine Facts’. This is where I will share a few interesting facts that I’ve learned about wines recently. So without further ado here’s fact #1.
FACT #1: Red wine should be served at a temperature of 65 degrees.
Most people have heard that red wine should be served at room temperature and never put in the fridge. The fact is that in the old days in European wine country that was indeed true and for the most part is still true however, ‘room temperature’ there is different then say here in Florida. If I serve my red wine at room temperature you’re going to get a nice hot wine most of the time.
The fact is that it is best to serve wines at their suggested temperature rather than some arbitrary, nondescript instruction of ‘serve at room temperature’. The actual serving temperature for most red wines is 65 degrees F. If you are in a cooler climate you probably can achieve that by leaving the wine at ‘room temperature’ but if you’re in a warmer climate it’s perfectly okay to put the bottle in the refrigerator for an hour or so, use a bucket of ice to chill it for 15 to 20 minutes, or any other method to get it to reach its optimal temperature. No one is going to take your head off for doing that especially if they really know their wines.
Posted on February 3, 2011, in Argentina, Australia, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Chiani, Education, France, Italy, Malbec, Mendoza, Merlot, Napa, Northeast Italy Delle Venezie, Organic/Biodynamic Wines, Pinot Noir, Red Grape Varieties, Russian River Valley, Sangiovese, Sonoma, South Australia, Table wine, Tuscany, Veneto, Wine Terms and tagged 65 degrees F, antioxidants, California, Chianti, chilling red wines, controversy, pinot noir, red table wine, red wine, rumors, sangiovese grapes, serving temperature of red wines, serving temperature of wines, Total Wine, Wine Spectator, wine terminology. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.