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Chill Out: A Simple Guide to Wine Temps

March 19, 2017

Picture this: you're putting the finishing touches on your table setting, prepping your tasty treats, lighting your candles, when you realize you forgot to chill that fabulous bottle of white wine you were planning on serving! Biggest nightmare? Well, chill out (see what we did there?) - here's an easy easy guide to serving that perfect bottle of wine, and why it's important to put it on that to do list on party day!


Most are aware that white wine should be served chilled, while red wine should not. But did you know it's a bit more complicated than this? For those who have really delved into the complex world of wine, this probably doesn't come as a surprise.


White wines taste best when chilled to 6-14 degrees celsius, but no need to bust out the thermometer: you'll most likely be able to tell if your whites aren't quite cold enough. Most people call white wine "refreshing", so if it doesn't give you that "aaahhhh" feeling after a few sips, it may be a touch too warm. Pop it back in the fridge (or freezer, if you're not very patient), keep yourself busy while you await that perfect glass, then enjoy!


As for reds, you'll experience the best a red wine has to offer at 12-20 degrees celsius. A lighter red, such as our Lakeside Red from Sprucewood Shores, can be served closer to a white wine temperature - hence the overlap in suggested serving temperatures.


Sparkling wine should be served at a chilly 3-7 degrees celsius, unless it is a more expensive bottle - in which case stick to the white wine perameters. 


While it is much easier to establish the best red wine temperature (essentially leave it out on your counter, out of sunlight, and you're set!), there are ways to short cut your way to the perfect white wine temp in a pinch. Wine buckets, whether steel, glass, ceramic, or terra cotta, can be filled with ice that snuggly hugs your bottle to chill it nicely, while ice sticks/wands are the wine lover's equivalent to whisky stones: they have the cooling effect of ice but without running the risk of diluting your beverage. No one wants watered down wine! Finally, for those who just can't wait to crack open their perfectly temp'd bottle, I give you the Rapid Beverage Cooler & Wine Chiller. It chills your wine in record time - like 90 times faster than if you were to put it in the fridge, according to Wine Enthusiast. Pretty neat stuff!


Now that we have that down, do you know why this is so important? It's not to add stress to your dinner party or to make you sound like a wine snob. You may actually be missing out on all that fabulous wine has to offer if the temp is off. Flavours may be missed all together or they may fade too quickly. And who wants that?!


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