Wine serving temperatures

The serving temperature of a wine is often neglected. Temperature is very important and a necessity to showcase the aromas of a wine. If the wine is too warm the alcohol will be accentuated. If it is too cold the aromas and flavours will be harder identify.

One rule does not fit all, so every wine type has an individual serving temperature. We have listed our guide below as a recommendation for most wine types. However, it is very individual how people prefer their wines to be tempered so use this only as a guide and experiment yourself.

Wine Temperature (˚C)
Vintage Port 19˚C
Bordeaux, Shiraz 18˚C
Red Burgundy, Cabernet 17˚C
Rioja, Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder 16˚C
Chianti, Zinfandel 15˚C
Tawny/NV Port 14˚C
Beaujolais, Rosé 12˚C
Viognier, Sauternes 11˚C
Chardonnay 9˚C
Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Silvaner, Pinot Gris 8˚C
Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Dessert Wine 7˚C
Ice Wines 6˚C
Asti Spumanti 5˚C

If you are not well prepared then a freezer is a quick solution. Just stick a bottle in there for 15 - 30 minutes depending on the style. Some fridges dehydrates the wines and the quick freezer cooling may in fact be preferred. 

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