Are you Chilling your Wine Wrong?

Wines taste the best when chilled. Most wine connoisseurs follow some very strict rules for chilling their prized possessions. Red, white, fruit and  sparkling, all wines benefit from chilling. It’s a science as well as an art. In today’s post, we take a look at specific temperatures and the amount of time needed for chilling each type of wine.

Here are some hard and fast rules to follow when setting up your wine coolers.

Red Wine – Set the temperatures between 55–65 degrees Fahrenheit. Chill light-bodied red wines for up to 90 minutes, while full-bodied red wines only need 45 minutes in the cooler.

White Wine – Chilling white and rose wines too much can dull the flavors. So, keep the temperatures between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit, chilling them for up to 45 minutes

Fruit Wines – The colder they get, the better they taste. Set temperatures between 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit, chill for up to 2 hours, to enhance the fruity flavors.

Champagne – Keep your champagne bottles chilled at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

In case, you need to serve and have very little time on your hands, use salt and ice to chill wines quickly. Put some salt water and ice in your wine bucket and leave them for 15-20 minutes.

What not to do?

Even when things get desperate, we advise against chilling wine with ice cubes. A chilled stem glass does not have enough mass or surface area to bring down the temperature anyway. Also, do remember that while you can chill the wine with ice cubes, you will end up diluting its taste.

Secondly, avoid loading bottles into the freezer or be ready for an icy explosion the morning after. While the quality of wine may not diminish at such extreme temperatures, the risk of the bottle cracking up increases manifold. Get a dedicated wine cooler instead.

In conclusion, wines are a sophisticated business and need planning before they can be served to everyone’s delight. If you do not own a wine cooler, stick your wines in the fridge an hour or two before serving. And if you are opening the fridge door frequently during that time, remember to place the bottles in colder spots instead of using the door bins.