Did you know that wine should be stored and served at a perfect temperature so that its flavor is properly expressed? I didn’t know the specifics until I came across this great article on Today.com. Today explains, “temperature is a matter of endless discussion, but it's safe to say that most Americans serve their red wine too warm, and often their white wine too cold”. They go on to say that both the temperature a wine is stored and served at can vary drastically by the type of wine.
Red wines need to be stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit to slow the aging process. I was surprised to hear this because if you’re like me, I store my reds on a rack at room temp which is anywhere between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit in my house. If I were to instead chill them 12 degrees, it would slow the aging process. Some wine you want to age so this is especially helpful after a bottle is already opened and not finished. If you want to make an opened bottle of red last, you’ll want to chill it instead of leaving it corked on your counter.
So what temperature should I store my white wines at? According to Wine Spectator, while red and white should be served at different temps, they should both be stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. With the typical refrigerator having a temperature of 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit, ours is being stored far too cold. It’s time to crank up the temperature on our wine fridge!
I found that there is some heavy debate based on varietal among wine experts, so here is a quick reference guide I built using the information I found on Today and Wine Spectator to simplify it all:
As a rule of thumb, all wines should be stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. White should be chilled slightly from the storage temperature and reds should sit out for a short time to warm to the temperatures above before serve. This is the optimal way to express each wine true flavors which is one of the greatest joys of drinking wine. Happy storing, serving and drinking!