Wine experts around the world will always advise that wine should be served at the correct temperature.
Why does it matter?
Serving wines at their correct temperature brings all the elements in the wine in balance.
Red and white wines have different chemical compositions that influence their sensory perception and their sensory traits so they need to be served at different temperatures to bring out their best flavours.
Aromatic white wines such as Chenin Blanc, Gewurtraminer and some Reislings should be served colder than a Chardonnay or other white wines that have any oaking. White wines that are served too cold lose all their flavour.
Many people will serve white wine straight from their refrigerator, however household fridges should be set at around 5 degrees centigrade which is too cold for a wine.
Light red wines such as Pinot Noir and Beaujolais should be served much cooler than Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.
If you chill the red wine too much, it’s not just that the flavour components that don’t come out, but the tannins and the polyphenols feel much more astringent and harsher in the mouth and the acid is accentuated as well.
By the same token, if you serve a red wine too warm, what you then get is the alcohol starting to dominate the head space in the glass and you get the perception of an alcoholic wine, and you can’t appreciate all the fruity components that are in the wine.
Sparkling wines should be served at 6 – 10 degrees.
Light whites like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio 7 – 9 degrees.
Chardonnay, or oaked whites should be at 9 – 11 degrees.
Light reds such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir should be 13 – 15 degrees
Medium wines like Valpolicello should be at 14 – 16 degrees
Full bodied like Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz should at 17 – 19 degrees.
Its all very well quoting wine temperatures, but how do you tell when a wine is at its optimum temperature?
Obviously a thermometer comes to mind and there are several on the market that will do the job but one drawback is that you have to keep getting up and down to check it.
This is why we recommend the Kelvin K2 Wine Thermometer.
A specially designed clip fits around the wine bottle. This clip has a sensor fitted that measures the temperature of the wine in the bottle. The temperature is then transmitted to an App on your mobile device.
The App has well over 100 different wines listed with information on each.
When you have chosen the type of wine, the temperature will be shown.
If the wine is too cold it will show up blue. (Leave it to warm up)
If it is too warm it will show red. (Put it in the fridge)
When the ideal temperature is reached it will show green. (Drink it)
The beauty of this unit is that you just sit and wait for the Kelvin K2 to tell you when your wine is ready.
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