Many wine drinkers today are more than just casual drinkers who request a white or red wine. People are much more specific; they want a peppery Cabernet Sauvignon, a buttery Chardonnay, an earthy Pinot Noir or a crisp Chenin Blanc. There are so many more descriptors and variations of wine to add to the list, but you see the point.
Therefore, it's more important than ever to know the serving temperatures for the different varietals and the glass to serve each in. Most red wines should be served just under room temperature between 53 and 69 degrees.
A Pinot Noir and other lighter reds, like Sangiovese and Barbera, are better served at the cooler end. Once a wine reaches 70 degrees, it begins to smell more intoxicating from the ethanol evaporation, which is undesirable. White wines should be served around 44 to 57 degrees. The more oaky the wine, the warmer it should be served.
The livelier whites should be served colder. Sparkling wines, like champagne, should be served chilled between 38 and 45 degrees. A chilled wine can conceal the unpleasant smell of a flawed wine. Wine should be stored in a cool, dark place. This often does not happen, and it can cause the wine to spoil. Spoiled wine can smell like rotten eggs and worse. Sometimes this occurs from the shipping during distribution.White wines should be served in a smaller, bowled glass.
The smaller size helps to maintain the cooler temperature of the wine and preserve its floral aroma. Red wines are best in a larger, bowled glass. The wider opening makes the full-bodied reds taste more mellow. It also allows a larger surface for the ethanol to evaporate, as well. Typically, a chilled white wine or a sparkling wine is preferred in the warmer months. Red varietals are more prevalent in the cooler months, but today, anything goes.
For the more discerning wine drinker, add a proper wine cooler to your home bar. This Eurodib wine cooler has two separate cooling zones. The most important thing to remember with wine is to know what you like. Experiment with your palate. Try different reds and whites with different foods. Remember the rules for temperature to experience wine at its preeminence!