21 Jun '11, 9pm
"How to Serve Wine at the Proper Temperature"
If you drink wine, you know that white wines are typically served chilled, and red wine is best served at room temperature. While these guidelines are basic and broadly true, serving wines at a temperature that is too cold or too warm will mask the structured nuances of a wine, and negate the very essence of subtle craftsmanship intended by the winemaker . There is a simple formula (outlined below) to optimize the flavor profile and variable aromas of different grapes. 65-70° F: Best for full-bodied power-houses. The flavors found in these tannic and "chewy" reds show best just slightly above room temperature to retain bold qualities. Perfect for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Meritage and Bordeaux Blends, Rhônes, Nebbiolo, Barolo, Rioja, Malbec and Zinfandel. 60-65° F: These light-medium body red grapes grow successfully in cooler climates, so it is fitting that they...