The temperature is closely connected to the wine. But what is the ideal temperature of wine? By controlling temperature, winemakers meet immediately after pressing the grapes when boiling begins. With this, they continue throughout the ripening of wine and take care of the proper temperature of the warehouse, where bottled wine is waiting for customers. Such concern should continue until the last glass in which the wine is served, as the proper temperature of the wine ensures that it shows all its best qualities. Unfortunately, many wine-makers do not know enough about the temperature or they do not know at what temperature wine must be stored, especially on how to ensure temperature.
If you want to achieve the ideal temperature of the wine you will need an appropriate wine storage room, a wine thermometer, and a refrigerator to maintain the temperature of the open bottle of wine.
The influence of Ideal Temperature of Wine on the Experience of Wine
For the best experience of wine, the ideal temperature of the wine and the shape of the glass are the most important. Both have to be adapted to the wine; otherwise, the best wine will not be able to show you its quality. Various wines are served at different temperatures ranging from 6 ° C to 18 ° C:
– Sparkling wine is served well cooled to a temperature of 6 ° C to 8 ° C, exceptionally up to 10 ° C. After opening, the bottle is recommended to be placed in a bowl of water and ice that keeps the temperature, and thus cause the carbon dioxide (bubbles) to be kept longer.
– Fresh white wines and rose wines will best show their freshness and fruit flavors at a temperature of 6 ° C to 10 ° C.
– White wines matted in wood are served chilled to 12 ° C.
– Sweet wines have to be cooled to 6 ° C to 8 ° C to avoid excessive sweetness.
– Fresh red wines must be cooled to a temperature of 10 ° C to 15 ° C.
– The red wines of a full-body (rich red wines) are served cooled to a temperature of 15 ° C to 18 ° C.
The recommendations of the ideal temperature of wine are, of course, general, but minor variations are possible for individual types of wine with specific characteristics. The wrong temperature can be excessively exposed to alcohol or thoroughly hardened, and the temperature also affects the intensity of tannins, flavor, and taste.
Forget the “room” temperature
The human belief that red wine should be served at room temperature has long been ignored. In winter, room temperature can be 21 ° C and 35 ° C in summer. Both of these are too high for red wine since they need to be served at a temperature of 15 ° C to 18 ° C.
Sometimes You Need to Warm the Wine, Sometimes You Need to Cool It Down
For some wines, care must be taken at the different temperatures in which the wine is stored and served, and the experts also distinguish between different temperatures of serving and enjoying the wine. Of course, not everyone has adequate storage facilities (wine cellar, special wine cabinets), so you must warm or cool the wine before serving. Sometimes this has to be done quite quickly, but you need to be careful. The wine can experience shock, but the bottle often fails due to the rapid change in temperature. Here are some methods to do this quickest.
The wine can be quickly cooled in an ice bath of water and ice, preferably crushed. Put it in such a bath with a throat down, as the wine in the throat cools down faster, then shake it a little after a few minutes and put it back. Repeat this a few times, and the wine is quickly ready to enjoy. If you place the bottle in a refrigerator (8 ° C), the wine will be cooled at an hour and a half from the starting temperature of 21 ° C to the desired 14 ° C.
Some wines can also be cooled by special cooling covers or even in the freezer, but the latter only quickly (max. 10 minutes).
Red wine should usually be slightly warmed, especially if you have it in the refrigerator or the basement. Do not place the bottle on a radiator, a microwave oven, or a regular oven. You can, however, immerse the bottle for a few minutes in a warm (not hot!) Water in which it will warm to a suitable temperature.
Maintaining a Suitable Wine Temperature
For the purpose of the ideal temperature of the wine, you have to know that even properly cooled wine starts heated in a glass and in the bottle. Because of this, so much attention is required during the consumption of wine. You should not hold glasses with white wine with your palm but you can heat up the too cold red wine in this way. A container with ice is welcome in maintaining a cool wine, but you must be careful that the cold bath of water and ice does not cool too much. Pay attention to when to put the bottle in the bath, and also to take it out in time. If you don’t want to use ice, you can use a clay cooling vessel or a two-layer acrylic cooler that keeps cold air around the bottle.