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A guide to wine serving temperatures

Oct 22

The importance of wine temperature really cannot be downplayed, if it were a relationship, it might be classed as make or break! We’re all about keeping it simple here at sipp, but unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than putting your white wine in the fridge and your red on the rack... Luckily, we’re on hand to help!

Some like it hot…but wine does not! Serving a wine too warm can cause the alcohol to take over your palate, hiding more desirable flavours and making it a rather unpleasant experience! Equally, serving wine too cold can be just as detrimental, and is one of our most common pitfalls! If a wine is too cold it’s aromas are suppressed thus leading to a lessened tasting experience. It can also increase the perception of acidity in a wine.

Now, you might be wondering how to balance this temperature conundrum... well, fear not, we have created the below table as an accessible guide to serving temperatures for differing styles of wine.


Wine Style

Serving Temperature °C  

Refrigeration (hrs)

Light, sweet, whites (like a Moscato d’asti)

5-10

4+

Sparkling whites (like champagne)

10-12

4

Light (aromatic) dry whites (like a Vinho Verde)

8-12

2

Sparkling reds (Like a Lambrusco)

10-12

1.5

Medium-bodied, dry whites (like a Sauvignon Blanc)

10-12

1.5

Full sweet whites (like a Port)

8-12

2

Light reds (Like a Pinot Noir)

10-12

1.5

Full dry whites (Like an oaked Chardonnay)

12-16

1

Medium reds (Like a Merlot)

14-17

-

Tannic or dry reds (Like a Malbec)

15-18

-


Happy Sipping!

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