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Chill Your Bottle Of Wine The Right Way

Yes, temperature matters.

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Throwing a dinner for your friends? A few years ago, wine might not have been the popular option. But as you enter your mid-late 20’s you begin to appreciate a good bottle of vino. You’ve begun delving into uncharted waters and are still learning the ropes. So how well should you chill a bottle? Should it be cooled at all? Getting the temperature right for each wine variant will either make it fall flat or taste great.

Sparkling Wine
(Champagnes, Proseccos, etc.)

This should be ice cold when served. You can pop the bottle into the freezer about an hour before opening. The fancier the wine, the warmer it can be. After opening the bottle and pouring the first round, place the open bottle on ice until it’s finished.

White Wine and Rosé
(Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio)

Best served fridge cold. So place in the refrigerator as soon as it’s purchased. However, if you plan to drink it right away, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes. After the first pour, you can choose to keep the bottle on the table and not on ice. If the wine is light and zesty, the colder it can be; and the more oaked ones are better warmer.

Reds
(Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauv, Merlot, Shiraz, etc.)

It’s a common misconception that red wine should be served at room temperature. We live on a tropical island, so it’s not possible to achieve the ‘room temperature’ of colder climates. To cool your red vino, place it the fridge for an hour before serving. For faster results, put it into the freezer for 15 minutes. Once it’s open, decant and pour the first glass. Leave the decanter on the table to slowly warm.

Quick Tips:

If your wine is of a lower quality, they’re best enjoyed cooler.
Does your wine not have much flavour? Then try warming it up. Tastes too alcoholic? Cool it down.

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