Serving Temperatures

More wine is ruined by being too warm than too cold. A wine that is served too cold is easily warmed, but a wine served too warm can be difficult to chill.


Therefore, when in doubt, serve it colder than you might think necessary. A wine that is too warm tastes alcoholic and is not a pleasure to drink.

In general, white wines are served cooler than red wines.

These serving temperatures should be used as guidelines. 65°F / 18°C would be the equivalent of leaving the wine out at room temperature for about 4 hours. 39°F / 4°C can be achieved by leaving the bottle in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

65°F / 18°C
Australian Shiraz, California Cabernet Sauvignon, Rh°ne Wines, Vintage Port

63° / 17°C
Bordeaux, Ch°eauneuf-du-Pape, Ribera delDuero, South African Pinotage and Catalonian, Chilean, and Australian Cabernet

61°F / 16°C
Red C°te d'Or Burgandy, southern French Reds, southern Italian reds, Rioja, Toro, Australian and California Pinot Noir, Tawny and Ruby Ports

50°F / 15°C
C°te Chalonnaise, Douro red table wines, young Zinfandel, Oregon Pinot Noir, New Zealand Cabernet and Pinot Noir, Oloroso and Cream sherries, Bual and malmsey Maderias

57°F / 14°C
Chinon, Bourgueil, northern Italian and Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, Valpolicella, young Chianti

54° ° 55°F / 12 ° 13°C
Young Beaujolais, red Sancerre, Bardolino, Lago di Caldaro, young Sanish and Portuguese reds, vin de pays

50°F / 10°C
California and Australian Chardonnay, Sauternes, top white C°te d'Or Burgundy, sweet German Wines, Rhine and Mosel Kabinett and Sp°tlese, Tokay, Australian liqueur Muscat, Italian oaked Chardonnay, oaked white Rioja, Fino and Amontillado Sherries, sercial Maderia, white Port

48°F / 9°C
Good white Pessac-L°ognan and Graves, north-eastern Italian whites, Washington State Chardonnay, Chilean Chardonnay, Australian Semillon, New Zealand Chardonnay

46°F / 8°C
Alsace, Chablis, C°te Chalonnaise and m°connais whites, dry German wines, Franken wines, Austrian Riesling, English wines, Australian Reisling, Cabernet and grenache ros°

45°F / 7°C
Good Champagne and Sparkling wine, Sancere, new York State, Chilean and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

43°F / 6°C
White Bordeaux, Muscadet, Anjou, other Sauvignons, Asti, unoaked white Roja

41°F / 5°C
Qba German wines, Soave, young Spanish and Portuguese whites, Vinho Verde, Swiss Chasselas, Austrian Gr°ner Veltliner, cheap ros°

36° ° 39°F / 2 ° 4°C
Cheap sparkling wines

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