The Best Temperatures to Serve Wine

The best temperature to serve wine depends upon the wine’s weight or body. Lighter red and white wines (think pinot noir or sauvignon blanc) should be served at lower temperatures than fuller-bodied, wines like chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or merlot. Serving a wine at its optimum temperature improves flavor, aroma and structure (how it feels in your mouth when you drink it). Serving red wines at the average room temperature may actually be too warm, while serving white wines right from the refrigerator may actually be too cold.

A climate controlled wine cellar can help ensure wines are stored at the recommened temperature, which will also help when it comes time to serve them.

Here are some wine temperature recommendations from Consumer Reports:

LIGHTER WHITES (Pinot Grigio, Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc):
Recommended Temp: mid 40s
Approx. Chilling Time at 70 degrees: fridge 2.75 hours, freezer 20 mins.

DARKER WHITES (Chardonnay):
Recommended Temp: mid 50s
Approx. Chilling Time at 70 degrees: fridge 2 hours, freezer 15 mins.

LIGHTER REDS (Merlot)
Recommended Temp: mid 50s
Approx. Chilling Time at 70 degrees: fridge 1.5 hours, freezer 10 mins.

LIGHTER REDS (Pinot Nior, Beujolais)
Recommended Temp: upper 50s
Approx. Chilling Time at 70 degrees: fridge 2 hours, freezer 15 mins.

DARKER REDS (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel)
Recommended Temp: low 60s
Approx. Chilling Time at 70 degrees: fridge 40 mins., freezer 5 mins.

*For wine at 80° add 30 mins. to fridge times & 5 mins. to freezer times

Cooling systems store wine at their optimum temperature. Vigilant’s wine cellar cooling systems maintain a temperature of approximately 55°, with several options available. Check out our selection of refrigerated wine cabinets and cooling systems to find the best one for you.


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