Not sure what temperature to serve a sparkling wine or a full-bodied red? Here's what you need to do to ensure the perfect glass whatever the wine…

by , 25 September 2014

Serving a particular wine at the optimum temperature is a crucial aspect to getting the best out of its flavour and aroma.

It's surprising how much the temperature you serve a wine at has on its taste.

So what's the best temperature to serve wine at?

Let's have a closer look…


The four key temperatures to serve wine at


You need to serve a sparkling wine ice cold


Whether it’s a bottle of fine champagne or a bottle of cava, you need to serve these wines ice cold.

So get your ice bucket out to keep the wine at the optimal temperature while you drink it.

If you’ve not opened the bottle yet, pop it into the freezer for an hour before serving to bring the temperature right down, advises the team of experts at Wine Folly.


You should serve white wine straight from the fridge


A white wine, like a Chardonnay or a Riesling, tastes best at fridge temperature.

If it’s a light white wine, the colder the better. If it’s a more oaky flavoured wine, you can get away with it slightly warmer.


You want to serve light red wine cool


A light red tastes best served at a cool temperature. So 30 minutes before you plan to serve it, pop it into the fridge.

You can serve more fruity light reds at a slightly warmer temperature.


Full-bodied rich reds should be slightly cool


For wines higher in tannins, the warmer you serve it, the less you’ll taste this. If you feel you’re not getting the full flavour of the wine, serve it slightly warmer.

So there you have it. What temperature you should serve different wines at.

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