I recently had some family over for the July 4th holiday and as usual I shared wine from my cellar with them. My family enjoys wine but does not share my
obsession passion for wine. While they love and appreciate the wine I share with them their interest level pretty much ends with the pure drinking enjoyment of the wine.
That is really what it is all about, right? It is only us oenophiles that take this to extremes I suppose.
This time around they asked me many questions about wine and one of many interesting questions centered around proper storage and serving temperature. They noticed that I was serving the white wine much warmer and the reds much warmer (and in one case colder) then they were used to. You see, like most wine consumers they often drink their white wines right out of the refrigerator and their reds either too cold (sometimes with ice cubes in it) or the dreaded catch all but completely wrong "room temperature". In the case of my Father In-Law he likes to put ice cubes in his red wine to knock down what he calls the "chalky" feeling. More on that in a minute.
After a short explanation I decided to conduct an example experiment with Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon serving them at 3 different temperature ranges - too cold, ideal and too warm. It was really cool to see their noses and palates have an epiphany. It was obvious to them that serving temperature mattered and their enjoyment of the wine became greatly enhanced as a result of getting the temperature correct.
From this conversation and experiment I decided to write a post on the right temperature to serve wine. There is a lot of information floating around the internet about serving temperature so I am sure PTC is not the only source. The information I want to share with you is based on my self education and real world experience with tasting different varietals at different temperatures. We'll provide you with an easy to use chart at the end of this post that should make it easier. Oh, and we'll also provide you with some good dance hall reggae music that talks about temperature to make you move your body.