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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Here’s a few wine storing tips for you:
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.