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Tuesday Tip: Temperatures for Storing and Serving Wine

When it comes to wine, one of the most asked questions is in regards to temperature. Serving wines at the wrong temperature can mute some of the flavors of the wine, denying the customer of the full potential of the wine. Avoid this by following these guidelines from Wine Spectator:

  • There are two temperatures you should worry about: Storage temperature and Serving temperature.
  • Ideal storage temperature for both reds and whites is between 45°F and 65°F, with 55°F being the “perfect temperature.” This allows some wines to age and develop a richer body.
  • Serving temperature will depend on the wine.
    • Light dry white wines, rosés, and sparkling wines should be served at 40°F to 50°F to preserve their freshness and fruitiness
    • Full-bodied white wines and light, fruity reds should be served at 50°F to 60°F.
    • Full-bodied red wines and Ports should be served at 60°F to 65°F, just cooler than room temperature.

For restaurants and bars, an easy way to accurately store wine at the correct temperatures would be to invest in a wine refrigerator. There are models offering single or dual temps, in a variety of capacity options. This can also be a home option as well, but only if you keep enough wines around to warrant it. The benefits of wine refrigerators are that they keep a consistent temperature, dual temp models allow you to keep both reds and whites in the same place at different temperatures!

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