Côrtes du Rhône
One question frequently asked is: what is the best serving temperature for wine ?
Well, first of all, many varietals of wine differ greatly in what temperature is recommended. "Recommended" being the key word here, since temperature is really somewhat of a subjective thing. What we can definitively tell you though is that the serving temp makes a huge difference!
Most people know the generalization that whites should be chilled and reds should be served around room temperature, but what if your room temperature is 82°?! That's way too warm, and without getting scientific on you, just trust us when we say that wines served too warm are going to lose a large amount of their fruitiness and taste prominently of alcohol; you'll probably feel a burn in your throat as you swallow it! Conversely, reds that are served too cold will seem excessively acidic and tannic, and their true flavors and aromas will be muted. Speaking of being too cold, if you're serving whites straight out of your kitchen refrigerator, which are usually around 35°, that's too cold for most whites and the aromas and flavors are going to be restrained.
The general rule is that the lighter the wine is in color and style, the colder it should be served, but it was really kind of surprising to us that there were so many fluctuations in the recommended temperatures. Thus, we decided to make our own temperature guide based on the average of all of our findings. Close to twenty different sources were used, in order to come up with what we think is one of the most accurate and comprehensive charts. Obviously, your own preferences might differ, but this chart should provide a pretty good starting point.
*One last thing to note is that rosés that are light, as well as whites that are less oaky, may benefit from being an additional couple of degrees cooler.
SUGGESTED WINE SERVING TEMPS-
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