The Right Serving Temp for Red Wine

    QUESTION: I’ve heard that red wine should be served at room temperature. Is this true?

     ANSWER: Yes, assuming you live in a cave.

     For generations, we were taught that while white wine should be cooled down prior to serving, red wine was best enjoyed at room temperature.

     Only one problem: When that advice initially was given, the man giving it probably lived in a drafty castle that was not equipped with a heating system — other than, perhaps, a fireplace.

     In other words, “room temperature” back then was a good deal cooler than “room temperature” today.

     Obviously, a more precise answer is needed, and we have one: Red wines should be served at between 58 and 69 degrees.

     The recommended temp varies slightly from varietal to varietal, but not enough that it would make a big difference if you stick within that range.

     Since “room temperature” at your home more likely falls within the 70- to 75-degree range, this means you should place a bottle of red wine in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes prior to opening and serving.

     A bottle of white wine, on the other hand, should remain in the refrigerator for about 30 to 60 minutes.

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