So many of us often wonder, what is the right temperature to serve my red or white wines?
If you ask someone, what temperature do I serve my red wine? They may often tell you, “Room-temperature” The answer is not so simple, and here is why.
Red wines and white wines are very different in their own temperaments and environments.
A Light-bodied Red prefers to be lightly chilled around 55 degrees. For example, a Beaujolais. In case you’re asking yourself, what is a Beaujolais? It’s a dry red French wine that is generally made from the Gamay grape. This wine is low in tannins with high amounts of acidity.
A Medium to a full-bodied Red prefers room temperatures from 59-64 degrees. This is the common misconception as most of our homes' room temperatures are not kept between 59-64 degrees. For example, a Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful deep ruby red wine that is high in tannins with high alcohol content ranging 13.5% to sometimes over 15%.
Sweet wines prefer to be well chilled from 43-45 degrees. For example, a Sauternes. This is a beautiful pale gold French white wine with notes of Nectarine, apricots, lemons, and honeysuckle. It’s a full-bodied sweet wine. A little more history for you. Sauternes and Sauterne are one and the same. Sauternes is referenced in Bordeaux while Sauterne is referenced in California.
Sparkling wines prefer to be well chilled from 43-45 degrees. For example, Cava. Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain. It’s Spain’s most popular sparkling wine and is absolutely delicious! Some of my favorite Sparkling wines are from Mumm located in Napa, CA.
Champagnes loves to be chilled and served at 45 degrees. The grapes that are widely used to make Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
For example, Veuve Clicquot. This Champagne house was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot. During the Napoleonic Wars, Madame Clicquot made strides in establishing her wine in royal courts throughout Europe. She created the first known vintage Champagne in 1810. As of 1986 Louis Vuitton purchased the company. Non-vintage champagne has aged a minimum of 15 months while Vintage champagne is aged for a minimum of 3 years. The smaller the bubble, the higher quality.
A Light to medium-bodied white wine or a Rose’ prefers 45-50 degrees. For example, a Rose or a Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same, they often carry different names on your waiter’s wine list. Pinot Grigio is Italian and the name has been adopted California. Pinot Gris is French, and the name has been adopted by Oregon.
A full-bodied white wine prefers to be lightly chilled from 50-55 degrees. For example, a Chardonnay. This green-skinned grape variety originated in the Burgundy region of eastern France. In a cool climate this wine is lean, crisp, and high in acidity. In a medium climate this wine has notes of Honey and tropical fruits. It is one of the most widely planted grape varieties worldwide.
Time to uncork, sip, and savor!
Shannon (Lulu's Wine Gal)