The ideal temperature to drink a wine is a subject that must be taken into serious consideration when thinking about drinking it.
And what is the ideal temperature for a wine? “At room temperature?” Totally wrong, imagine that you are in a tropical country in mid-summer, with temperatures reaching 38ºC. Ever imagined the terrible experience that is to taste a wine at 38ºC?
Now think precisely the opposite, like Siberia at -20º C… will you taste a frozen wine?
Wine temperature affects our senses?
Yes, definitely! The temperature of the wine considerably affects our smell, palate and touch, and for this reason, we cannot enjoy a wine if it is hot or very cold.
When the wine is at 18ºC, the aromas are better perceived, when it is at 10 ° C, the sensitivity decreases, and when the temperature is below 4 ° C our taste buds are almost insensitive to these aromas. So, warmer the wine, the sweet elements become more noticeable and the alcohol is better perceived by our senses. When Colder the bitter elements, acidity or astringency are more easily perceived, due to the tannins.
Wine Balance and Temperature
The balance lies between its acidity and its softness, if the wine is above the ideal temperature the alcohol may overlap; if it is below the temperature, the wine can become very hard.
The tannic reds cannot be served cold, heat exalts the aromas and alcohol, making the wine more pleasant.
The white wines that usually are more acid and fresh are fantastic at lower temperatures.
How to lower the temperature of wine?
When you need to freeze a white wine, the best way to do this is to put the bottle in a container with ice and water. This is the most appropriate way to freeze also a rose. You can still use the fridge, but the wine will need more time to cool.
How to increase the temperature of the wine?
To increase the temperature of the wine, never use a direct heat source, such as a fireplace, as it may overheat the glass, and if the wine overheats it is irreparably compromised. The ideal way is to soak the bottle in warm water.
Take into consideration the outside temperature
Always consider the outside temperature, the warmer the day, the wine (any type of wine) should be served fresher. Once in the glass, in few minutes gains some degrees. For example, a glass of wine at a temperature of 8ºC, in about twenty minutes reaches 13ºC on an environment of 25ºC.