Wine temperature – A few degrees making a difference

You can wisely select a good wine, drool on his arrival at the table in front of you, if it is not served at an appropriate temperature, all the time (and money) invested in choosing the wine is lost.

Too often, a red wine is served too warm and white wines too cold.
Why? Because we often forget to cool the red wine before its service. While for white wines, it is too often served directly from the refrigerator to the cups.

Practical information about the temperature wine

  • The whites should be served between 12 and 14 ° C and sparklings between 9 and 12 ° C.
  • The light red wines around 14 ° C , the fruity and fleshy reds between 15 and 16 ° C and powerful  and chambered guards reds around 18 ° C .
  • For rosés , they generally follow the rule of white wines, so between 12 and 14 ° C .
  • The temperature of a refrigerator is 3 to 5 ° C.  Freezer, about -18 ° C.

Cooling wines

Assuming that your bottle is 20 ° C (room temperature), place your red wine in the fridge for 40 min or 12 min in the freezer.
For white wines, 30 minutes in an ice bucket, or 2:30 in the fridge, 25 minutes in the freezer.

Digging a bit more

OK. We now know the general rules of wine service.
What about the details behind these rules?

Why serve colder than red wines white wines?

The white wines are more acidic than red wines. The cold makes for a better tasting acidity. A white wine too warm will not be as refreshing, acid will be less pleasant in the mouth.
Consider the example of a lemon. If your lemon is cold, it will be pleasant in the mouth than a lemon at room temperature. Pleasant might not be the bettwer adjective for this situation. Let’s say that the lemon is more tolerable cold than warm.

For red wines, there are two major differences with the whites. They have less acidity and the presence of tannins. These appear harder if served too cold. If red wine is served too warm, the presence of alcohol be too much noticeable and hide some complex flavors.
So if you have a light and slightly tannic red wine, it can be served cooler that a full-bodied and robust red wine.

Here is a table showing the ideal service temperatures depending on the type of wine.

WHITE Alsace wine: 8-10 ° C
Sweet Bordeaux: 11 ° C
Dry white Bordeaux: 10 ° C
Bourgogne : 10-12°C
You Legal: 10 ° C
Languedoc : 10°C
Loire wine dry: 8-10 ° C
Loire wine sweet: 6-7 ° C
Loire wine fruity: 8-10 ° C
Provence : 8-10°C
Rhône : 10-12°C
Vin de Savoie: 10 ° C
Southwest: 10 ° C
Southwest sweet: 6-7 ° C
RED VIn Alsace: 12 ° C
Beaujolais: 13 ° C
Bordeaux : 18°C
Bourgogne : 15-17°C
Rhône wine: 14 ° C
You Legal: 14 ° C
Languedoc : 14°C
Loire Valley: 14-16 ° C
Provence : 14°C
Vin de Savoie: 12-14 ° C
Sud-Ouest : 15-17°C
ROSE Jura : 10°C
Languedoc : 8-10°C
Provence : 8-10°C
Rhône : 8-10°C
Vin de Savoie: 10 ° C
HORS FRANCE Spain: 17 ° C
Italie : 16°C
Chili : 15°C
Californie : 16°C
Australia: 16 ° C

Know the current temperature of your bottle

Finally, here is a nice gadget that you will surely end up helpful. A  wine bottle thermometer.
This band type strap fits around your bottle and quickly expose its temperature. Although it does not specifically indicate the liquide temperature, the bottle’s is still a good indicator. With this tool, you won’t be afraid to serve your wines either too cold or too warm.


Service temperature according to taste tags SAQ


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