Chilled wine on a summer day is not necessary the perfect temperature for serving right out of your custom wine cellar Toronto. For maximum enjoyment, it helps to understand the nuances of different wines. Whether the summer wines you drink are fine aged wines or inexpensive wines to brighten with a spritzer, check out the tips below to make the most of your summer of wine.
Serving Temperatures for Wines
Wine has many nuances, and one of the distinctions between different types of wine is that the optimal serving temperatures can differ greatly. Anyone who appreciates all the finer points of wine that involve aroma, appearance, taste, and mouth feel can also grasp that the overall experience of wine involves correct temperatures. From the time wine is bottled, temperature is a critical matter. Exposure to heat for extended periods spoils wine, without exception. Storage temperatures in a wine cellar or wine cabinet need to be within the prescribed range. Serving temperature is an entirely different but equally important matter, for the exacting wine connoisseur. The following are some helpful hints on how long to chill wines:
- The ideal serving temperature for sparkling wines is 45°. This can be achieved by putting your sparkling wine in the refrigerator for 5 hours, the freezer for 40 minutes, or an ice bucket for 25 minutes before serving.
- Rich white wines are best served at 55°, which means 2 hours in the refrigerator, 25 minutes in the freezer, or 15 minutes in the ice bucket.
- Crisp white wines are ideally served at 50°, which amounts to: Refrigerator for 3.5 hours, freezer for 30 minutes, or ice bucket for 20 minutes.
- The ideal serving temperature for red wines is 65°. Before serving, place it in the fridge for 45 minutes, the freezer for 15 minutes, or the ice bucket for 10 minutes.
More Summer Wine Tips
Rosé wines are the best option for serving with foods, if you are having trouble choosing between red and white wine. Rosé wine is a great match for classic summer foods, including chicken, burgers, and fish.
Whether for a picnic or a beautiful appetizer in any setting, don’t forget to pair wine with cheese. It’s largely a matter of taste but there are plenty of guides to point you in the right direction. The following are some great wine and cheese pairings.
- Gorgonzola or Manchego cheese with Champagne
- Asiago with Shiraz wine
- Havarti with Pinot Noir
- Blue Cheese with Riesling
- Brie with Chardonnay
- Aged Cheddar Cheese with Zinfandel
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