Some Don’t Like It Hot: Temperatures to Serve Wine At

2 Jun

I want to share an easy way to remember good temperatures to serve wine at. I came across it in the “Welcome to Wine Country” brochure from Uncork New York!, which suggests two mnemonics to remember: 45-55-65 and 3-2-1.

1) Sparkling wines, including Champagne, should be served at 45° F. It takes three hours of refrigeration to achieve this temperature.

2) White table wines and late harvest and ice wine dessert wines should be served at 55° F. A good two hours in the fridge should be sufficient to cool them.

3) Red wines, port and sherry should be served at the cool room temperature of 65° F. It takes about one hour to reach this temperature.

This is an easy system to remember, but it benefits from some tweaking. After doing more research, I came up with other numbers that suggest serving:

Sparkling wines and Champagne at 40° F to 50° F

Light- to medium-bodied whites at 40° F to 50° F
Full-bodied whites at 47° F to 60° F
Rosés at 40° F to 55° F

Light, fruity reds at 50° F to 62° F
Complex, rich, mature reds at 60° F to  68° F

White dessert wines at  40° F to 50° F
Port at 60° F to 65° F

Unfortunately, the nifty mnemonic doesn’t work for these temperatures. Such is life. I suggest you try out different temperatures and post your favorites on the refrigerator. For many of us, just getting in the ballpark of these temperatures will be sufficient.

5 Responses to “Some Don’t Like It Hot: Temperatures to Serve Wine At”

  1. donswords June 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    If only I could try this out.

    • Sharon Kapnick June 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

      Alas, maybe in another lifetime? But, for now, perhaps you could pass the information along to friends and relatives who might be interested? Thanks.

  2. Linda Schleider June 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!


    Sent from my iPad


  3. Debra June 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks, Sharon, that’s nifty!

  4. Sharon Kapnick June 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    With summer weather here already, I figured it was a good time for a story about the best temperatures for serving wine. Even reds should be slightly cooled, especially in the summer.

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