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Can You Chill Your Wine On Ice?

Wine On Ice

That’s a good question. Our suggestion is that you use a wine refrigerator to cool your wines down to the temperature that’s best for the type of wine you want to drink. However, sometimes that just doesn’t work (as you might not have a wine cooler) or you might be somewhere where you can’t just bring a wine fridge (think of a picnic or restaurant.

Wine On Ice

Wine On Ice (Source: Image by jenny downing via Flickr)

Wine will reach it’s full flavor only when it’s served at the right temperature. Be aware that the best temperature to store a wine is not necessarily the best temperature to serve a wine. Check out our post on Best Temperatures For Serving Wine for more details on this topic.

So, can you chill your wine on ice if you are in a place where you can’t cool it down otherwise? Well, why not? Some people even put ice cubes into their wine glasses in a restaurant. That may be a little much but in the end it comes down to what you like.

We found an interesting article on the topic of chilling wine on ice. It was posted in the StarTribune.

I was at a small in-store tasting last week when the manager enthusiastically pulled a wine from the shelves, opened the bottle and poured some into a cup.

It was a white wine. It was at room temperature. And it was delicious.

My wife enjoyed it just as much and later wondered if the wine, a WJ Meek Sauvignon Blanc, would be as tasty chilled. I was not nearly smart enough to have the answer. (We learned later that it is splendid when chilled.)

Read the whole article here.

We would suggest though that for the home you’ll have a look at a wine cooler. Even though you can put your wine on ice if needed, it still is better and easier to keep it stored and ready for serving at the right temperature. So, if you don’t want to have your wine cooling down in an ice bucket then check out our wine refrigerator reviews to find the best wine fridge for your home.

Best Temperatures For Serving Wine

Best Wine Serving Temperature

In our last post we concentrated on how to best store wine. The environment you create to store your wines have a huge impact on whether your wines will be damaged or delicious.

Best Wine Serving Temperature

Best Wine Serving Temperature

Of similar importance is how you serve your wine. Most people take a bottle, open it and pour the wine into a glass. As you might well imagine, that’s not the best way to serve wine.

How Best To Serve Your Wines

One of the factors that influences the taste and aromas of wine when it’s consumed is the temperature at which it gets served. When you store wines you need to know what type of wine you have in order to create the best temperature to store the wine. It’s similar for serving wine.

The serving temperature varies for different wines. It depends on their region and grape variety. A fruity and light Beaujolais is best served at 12° below room temperature at around 57°F. A stronger, more robust and intense wine like a Bordeaux should be served merely underneath room temperature at around 64°F.

Wine Serving Tips

Below we created a table to outline the best serving temperatures by variety of wine:

Wine Variety Wine Characteristics Serving Temperature
Shiraz, Bordeaux Rich and intense red wines. 65°F
Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon Spicy warm and rich red wines. 63°F
Pinot Noir, Rioja Medium and lighter bodied red wines. 61°F
Zinfandel, Chianti Medium and lighter bodied red wines. 59°F
Madeira, Chinon Medium and lighter bodied red wines. 57°F
Young Portugese and Spanish Wines Medium and lighter bodied red wines. 55°F
Beaujolais, Valpolicella Fruity and juicy red wines. 54°F
White Burgundy Full-bodied white wines. 52°F
Chardonnay, Australian Smillon Medium and lighter bodied white wines. 50°F
Chablix, Sauvignon Blanc Medium and lighter bodied white wines. 48°F
Muscats, Sauternes Sparkling and sweet wines. 45°F
Asti, Champagne Sparkling and sweet wines. 43°F

You can see that there’s quite a temperature difference between serving full-bodied red wine vs. sweet white wine.

Below are a few wine serving tips you might want to consider:

  • When you chill a red wine with high level of alcohol then it might help to chill the bottle of wine in order to smooth the taste of the wine.
  • If you are unsure what the right temperature might be for a specific wine then simply make sure that you serve the wine a few degrees colder than the current room temperature.
  • Never serve wine above room temperature of 68°F

These are just a few tips on how to best serve your wines. Wine refrigerators are designed to create a favorable environment to store your wines. Wine refrigerators are designed to create a favorable environment to store your wines. You can find wine refrigerator reviews of many of the bestselling brands.

The Best Temperature To Store Wine

Wine Storage

Most people think of wine storage when it comes to temperature. While this factor is important when you want to make sure that a bottle of wine won’t go bad, it’s equally important to realize the importance of wine temperature for serving wines. In this following article we look at wine storage. In one of our next posts we will look at the serving conditions of wine.

Wine Storage

Wine Storage

Wine Storage

A lot of wine collections get damaged and need to be disposed because of wrong storage. There’s four factors that impact the quality of the wine during storage:

  • Temperature
    When wine is exposed to high temperatures (> 65°F) then it will age prematurely. It loses its flavor and acidity. The same happens if you store your wines too cold.
  • Humidity
    Humidity is an often overlooked factor that impacts the quality of your wines. High humidity surrounding stored wines can cause mold growth in the corks which eventually can spoil the taste of the wine. If the humidity is too low then the corks might crack and allow air to leak into the bottle. The result is also a ruined wine.
  • Vibrations
    Vibrations can impact the molecular structure of wines. You want to make sure that your wines are stored with the least amount of vibrations possible.
  • Light
    Light can impact the molecular structure of a wine similar to vibrations. Direct sunlight will also cause heat exposure and both factors will negatively impact the quality of your wine.

How Best To Store Your Wines

You want to store your wines in an area that removes exposure from sunlight and vibrations. The area also needs to be humidity and temperature controlled. Wines are best stored at temperatures ranging from 50°F to 55°F for red wines. White wines can be stored at lower temperatures down to 45°F. The humidity levels for storage is around 60% to 75%.

These requirements in regards to optimal wine storage led in the past to people having wine cellars built into their basements. However, in the last few years wine refrigerators have become a lot more common and also do the trick.

Wine Storing Tips

Here’s a few wine storing tips for you:

  • If you are a wine collector and you have a sizable wine collection then you want to make sure you store your wine at the outlined conditions above. It can be a good investment to purchase a wine refrigerator or cooler to create such a perfect storage environment.
  • Always store your wine horizontally. This ensures that the cork stays moist. The cork being moist will prevent it from cracking and make sure that air stays out of the bottle.
  • Never put or leave a wine bottle in your freezer. The wine will lose its aroma and you risk that the bottle explodes.
  • Humid environments will allow mold to grow and can ruin the wine label. If you are a serious collector then you might want to consider putting plastic protectors over the wine labels.

These were a few tips on how to best store your wines. Wine refrigerators are designed to create a favorable environment to store your wines. You can find wine cooler reviews of many of the bestselling brands.