Wine 101: Wine Temperature

| Posted by Megan for Sutter Home

Is my white wine too cold? Is my red wine too warm? Vice versa all around? Just like everything in wine, this can turn into a huge debate or it can be kept simple. Let's keep it simple!

Let's say you're hosting a dinner party tonight. You have everything ready to go and you even remembered to put the white wine in the fridge before you left for work. (By the way, nice work on this!) When you get home, you start cooking. Everything's coming together nicely and you've finished setting the table. You have 20 minutes to go. This is the perfect time to focus on your wine!

At the 20 minute mark before you serve your guests, take the white wine out of the refrigerator and put the red wine in. This will ensure that your white wine is still chilled but not overly cold and that your red wine is cool but not warm.

For those who want more...

  • Sparkling wines & refreshing whites like Pinot Grigio are best served straight from the refrigerator after being chilled for about 1.5 hours
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sweet wines like Moscato are best served after 20 minutes after pulling from the refrigerator
  • Red wines are best served at around 65 degrees.
  • Sutter Home Sweet Red is delicious both chilled and at around 65 degrees. Try each and see which you like better!

Comments

Submitted by Dan on

Very informative. I guess everyone has their own preference, but I never knew what the official guidelines were. Thank you!

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