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Storing and serving wines is not only an art, but also a science. The taste of wines served at the right temperature is much better, so it is worth knowing which wines should be chilled and which should not.

In this article, we present in detail which wines require refrigeration and at what temperature they should be stored and served.

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Why is wine temperature important?

The temperature of the wine affects its taste, aroma and texture. A wine that is too cold can lose its complexity and aroma, while the alcohol content of a wine that is too warm can dominate, suppressing the finer flavors. Choosing the right temperature is therefore essential for enjoying wine.

Refrigeration of white wines: Preservation of freshness and fruity flavors

White wines generally require cooler temperatures to retain their freshness and fruity character. The optimum temperature is usually between 7-13°C. Here are some examples:

  • Sauvignon Blanc: 7-10°C – To preserve its fresh, citrusy taste.
  • Chardonnay: 10-13°C – To highlight more mature flavors and a creamy texture.
  • Riesling: 8-10°C – To achieve balanced acidity and sweetness.

Younger, fresh white wines require a lower temperature, while more mature, oak barrel-aged wines should be served at a slightly warmer temperature.

Cooling rosé wines: Perfect summer refreshment

Cooling rosé wines is just as important as white wines. The ideal temperature is between 8-12°C, which emphasizes the freshness and fruity flavors of the wine. Some example:

  • Provence rosé: 8-10°C – To preserve fresh, floral and fruity notes.
  • Spanish rosé: 9-12°C – Highlighting a richer, berry fruity flavor.

Chilling red wines: Finding the balance

Although red wines are usually served at room temperature, certain types should be chilled. The ideal temperature is between 15-18°C. Lighter red wines, such as Pinot Noir, should be served slightly cooler, while full-bodied wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, should be served at a warmer temperature.

  • Pinot Noir: 12-15°C – To preserve delicate aromas and elegant structure.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: 16-18°C – To bring out rich, deep flavors and complexity.
  • Merlot: 15-18°C – For a soft, velvety texture and a rich fruity taste.

Cooling champagnes and sparkling wines: freshness of the bubbles

Refrigeration of champagnes and sparkling wines is especially important to preserve the freshness and vibrancy of their bubbles. The ideal temperature is between 6-8°C. For example:

  • Champagne: 6-8°C – 6-8°C – For fine, creamy bubbles and a complex taste.
  • Prosecco: 6-8°C – Highlighting fresh, fruity flavors and lively bubbles.

Cooling sweets and dessert wines: Sweet harmony

Refrigeration of sweets and dessert wines is also important in order to obtain a balanced taste. The ideal temperature is between 6-10°C.

  • Tokaji Aszú: 8-10°C – To preserve rich, honeyed flavors and complex aromas.
  • Sauternes: 6-8°C – Highlighting refreshing acidity and sweet, tropical fruit notes.

Tips for chilling wine: Practical advice

Quick cooling: If you want to chill wine quickly, place it in an ice bucket half-filled with ice and water. It will reach the desired temperature in about 15-20 minutes.

Using a wine cooler: With the help of a wine cooler, you can precisely set the desired temperature and store wine for longer.

Don’t over-chill: Over-chilling can suppress the wine’s aromas and flavors. Always make sure it’s not too cold.

Storing and serving wines at the right temperature is key to preserving their flavor. White wines, rosé wines, light red wines, champagnes and dessert wines all require refrigeration to bring out their unique aromas and flavors.

Maintaining the right temperature helps ensure that the wine experience is truly perfect. We hope that our article will help you properly chill your wines and help you enjoy your favorite drink even more.


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