Wine serving temperature is a subject with a lot of noise, so let’s be realistic for a hot second…
Want to know what temperature to serve your wine at when you’re at home? Watch this video.
What’s the deal with serving temperature?
Guess what? I don’t care at all about wine temperature!
If you’re thinking, who the hell is this woman disregarding what all the other wine experts are saying? I’m legit, check me out.
How do I regulate wine temperature?
I’m guess that most of you reading this don’t have a wine cellar…. and I’m also guessing that a lot of you probably don’t have a $3,000 wine fridge. I’m assuming that you’re probably drinking your wine shortly after buying it, but in the meantime, are keeping your white wines in the fridge and your reds in a cupboard somewhere.
In reality, whites fresh from the fridge are too cold, but like, what are you going to do? They will warm up just fine after a few minutes in the glass.
And guess what else, red wines are too warm at room temp, but again, what are you going to do? I just drink mine fresh from the counter. No biggie. It’s just wine.
Different temps for different wines
Obviously, we all know that warm white wine, bubbly, and rosé are gross when warm. It’s best to keep them in your fridge and let them sit in a glass for a few minutes after serving so it can release those delightful aromatics. You can keep the bottle on ice or pop it into a wine sleeve to keep it cool.
There are even some reds with very few tannins like Beaujolais, and those are perfectly delightful when chilled. Try it sometime! Most reds, however, are best served just below room temperature, otherwise they release an alcoholic, boozy smell instead of a fruity one.
If you actually care about the exact temperature to serve your wine, the real answer is that bubbles should be between 5-10 degrees, whites should be between 7-14, and reds should be between 17-21. That’s celcius.
You are not a posh wine bar
Ultimately, we all have to remember that home is not a Michelin starred restaurant. I think it’s better to roll with what we’ve got instead of worrying about buying that super expensive wine fridge or caring at all about perfect wine serving temperature.
And guess what, it’s totally fine to pop an ice cube in your wine if you really want to!
The best wine temperature is the one that is the best you can do. Your wine will be just fine.
For more controversial opinions and wine irreverence, check out last week’s video on aging wine!