Serving Wine

Temperature

Serving wine is definitely a matter of temperature and context. In fact, a wine can make head turn, can be pasty or thick if the temperature is too high or completely aromaless or neutral if the serving temperature is too low. In any case, if a wine is not served at the right temperature, it will harm or inhibit its bouquet and flavors.

This chart will provide you the basic temperatures to help your wine give its best.

temperature bar

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13
14
15
16
17
18
Young Reds
Merlot
Zinfandel
Rioja, Ribera del duero, Priorato

Madiran, Cahors, Bandol
Fine Bordeaux
Zinfandel
Best California Cabernets/Zinfandels
Top Australian Cabernet/Shiraz

Beaujolais

Chianti
Cotes du Rhone
Barbera

Anjou
Chianti Reserva
Burgundy Grand Cru
Older Vintage Pinot Noir
New world Pinot
Ruby Ports
Manzanilla
Fino Sherry
Tawny
Madeira
Amontillado

Tawny 20 Years
Late Bottle Vintage Port
Pedro Ximenez old Solera
Banuyls

Vintage Port
Vintage Madeira
temperature bar
6
8
10
12
14
Bordeaux Blanc
Albarino
Verdehlo
Gewurztraminer
Soave
Verdicchio
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Gris / Grigio
Riesling
Best White Burgundy/Graves
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc Dry
Chablis
Macon
Tokay
Muscats
New World late harvest
Late harvest German Riesling
Grand Cru Riesling
Pedro Ximenez
Light Muscats
Ice Wine
Sauternes
Sweet Loire Chenin Blancs
Lambrusco
Cremant
Brut Champagne
Moscato d’Asti
Cava
Spumante
Rose Champagne
Top cuvee Sparkling
Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Vintage Champagne
Cotes de Provence
New world rose
Bandol

Glassware

Serving wine is also a matter of glass. Just like the tea ceremony, the wine degustation requests appropriate tools. If the traditional wine degustation has lost a certain sound of credit in our modern societies, it is still essential to use appropriate glasses to help wine give its best. Many people simply like to pour their wine and drink it; but they will still notice the difference when the right wine glass is used. However, connoisseur believe if you handle a wine with respect, it will reward you with a difference you can smell, taste and feel. Especially when a wine is allowed to develop its full character by using the right decanter and glass. Thus the shape of the glass, the size of the glass and the material with which the glass is made are crucial.

Pouring wine has also its must. Depending on the bowl size, fill the glass to between a quarter and a third full. Sparkling wine and Champagne glasses should be filled half. Another tip is to serve the wine just slighly cooler than its ideal temperature, as it will warm up in the glass.

white wine glass
As white wines are served cold, a smaller bowl reduces the amount poured, to help ensure the wine stays cold .
Red wine glass
Red wine benefits greatly if it is allowed space to develop. Therefore, larger bowls help the wine to interact with the air and fully develop the bouquet.
Burgundy glass
Claret Burgundy wine glasses with a larger middle part especially designed to keep wine aromas and to have swirled wine easier.
sparkling wine glass
For taste, Champagne and sparkling wines are best served in slim flutes which help to keep it cool and sparkling. Wider glasses will warm the wine and exhaust its sparkle prematurely. Glasses with an effervescent point, help to focus the sparkle into an attractive spiral, and prolong the fizz. Champagne glasses are usually wider than those for sparkling wines, to assist champagnes more complex aromas and flavor.
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