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The Ultimate Wine Serving Temperature Chart

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We have researched the most authoritative resources on wines and their optimal serving temperatures, and combined the various data points into this comprehensive listing of over 100 wines. Enjoy!

Optimal wine serving temperature chart

CategoryTypeSpecific regions/ examples°F / °C
Champagne / SparklingAsti43° / 6°
Champagne / SparklingInexpensive41° / 5°
Champagne / SparklingBetter non-vintage45° / 7°
Champagne / SparklingBest vintages47° / 8°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Anjou43° / 6°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Canadian ice wine50° / 10°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Dessert wines (younger)49° / 9°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)German semisweet winesQbA (Qualitätswein Bestimmter Anbaugebiet), Mosel Kabinett and Spätlese, and Auslese50° / 10°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)German sweet wines (older)Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eisewein, and Trockenberrenauslese52° / 11°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Sauternes (younger)50° / 10°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Sauternes (older)53° / 11°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Tokaji Aszú (Tokay)50° / 10°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Vouvray46° / 7°
White (Sweet, Semi-Sweet)Zinfandel44° / 6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Bordeaux - medium quality43° / 6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Bordeaux - premium qualitylike those from Graves48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Burgundy - medium quality48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Burgundy - premium quality52° / 11°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Chablis46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Chardonnay - unoaked43° / 6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Chardonnay - medium quality48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Chardonnay - premium quality53° / 11°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Chenin Blanc46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)German, medium quality, nonsweet46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)German, premium quality, nonsweetTrocken or Halbtrocken51° / 10°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)GewürztraminerU.S. and Alsatian48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Grüner Veltliner41° / 5°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Italian whitesFrascati, Galestro, Orvieto, Soave, Trebbiano, d'abruzzo, Verdicchio Dei Catellidi di Jesi45° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Italian whitesGavi, good northeastern Italian whites48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Melon de Bourgogne46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Muscadet44° / 6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Pessac-Léognan50° / 10°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Pinot Blanc47° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Pouilly-Fuissé46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Pouilly-Fumé46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Rhône (northern)51° / 10°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Rhône (southern)48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Rieslingmost Austrian, Australian, German46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Rioja, white - oaked50° / 10°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Rioja, white - unoaked43° / 6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Sancerre46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Sauvignon BlancNew York State, Chilean and New Zealand46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Sauvignon Blancexcept New York State, Chilean and New Zealand44° /6°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Savenniers46° / 7°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Sémillon48° / 8°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Spanish and Portutguese whites (young)42° / 5°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Swiss Chasselas42° / 5°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Vigonier52° / 11°
White (Dry, Off-Dry)Vinho Verde42° / 5°
Rosé and BlushInexpensive Rosés41° / 5°
Rosé and BlushMost Rosé and Blush Wines43° / 6°
Rosé and BlushHigh-quality Cabernet and Grenache Rosé46° / 7°
Rosé and BlushHigh-quality dry Rosé46° / 7°
Red WinesAglianico wines from southern ItalyTaurasi and Aglianico Del Vulture65° / 18°
Red WinesBarbaresco63° / 17°
Red WinesBarbera60° / 15°
Red WinesBardolino53° / 11°
Red WinesBarolo65° / 18°
Red WinesBeaujolaisyoung, except for Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, and Régnié54° / 12°
Red WinesBeaujolaisfrom Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, and Régnié56° / 13°
Red WinesBordeaux - medium quality62° / 16°
Red WinesBordeaux - premium quality65° / 18°
Red WinesBourgueil57° / 13°
Red WinesBrunello di Montalcino65° / 18°
Red WinesBurgundyfrom the better vintages of top grand cru and premier cru vineyards61° / 16°
Red WinesBurgundymost Côte de Beaune58° / 14°
Red WinesBurgundymost Côte de Nuits61° / 16°
Red WinesCabernet SauvignonU.S.65° / 18°
Red WinesCabernet SauvignonAustralian, Catalonian, Chilean, South African63° / 17°
Red WinesCabernet SauvignonNew Zealand61° / 16°
Red WinesChâteauneuf-du-Pape63° / 17°
Red WinesChianti (young)57° / 13°
Red WinesChianti Classico60° / 15°
Red WinesChianti Classico Riserva63° / 17°
Red WinesChinon57° / 13°
Red WinesCôte Chalonnaise59° / 15°
Red WinesCôtes du Rhôneand other Italian Rhônes56° / 13°
Red WinesDolcettoU.S. and Italian56° / 13°
Red WinesDouro (table)59° / 15°
Red WinesGerman red wineslike Spätburgunder or Portugieser55° / 12°
Red WinesLago di Caldero54° / 12°
Red WinesLambrusco51° / 10°
Red WinesMalbec62° / 16°
Red WinesMerlotU.S.62° / 16°
Red WinesNouveau-StyleU.S., French, and others51° / 10°
Red WinesPinot NoirAustralian and Californian61° / 16°
Red WinesPinot NoirOregon and New Zealand59° / 15°
Red WinesPinotage63° / 17°
Red WinesRhône (northern)65° / 18°
Red WinesRibera del Duero63° / 17°
Red WinesRioja61° / 16°
Red WinesRioja Reserva63° / 17°
Red WinesSancerre54° / 12°
Red WinesSangiovese59° / 15°
Red WinesShirazAustralian63° / 17°
Red WinesSyrahU.S.63° / 17°
Red WinesToro61° / 16°
Red WinesValpolicellaAmarone-style only58° / 14°
Red WinesValpolicellaexcept Amarone-style56° / 13°
Red WinesZinfandel (young, light)60° / 15°
Red WinesZinfandel (heavy)64° / 17°
Fortified WinesMadeira58° / 14°
Fortified WinesMuscatAustralian liqueur muscat50° / 10°
Fortified WinesMuscat de Beaumes de Venise45° / 7°
Fortified WinesPortRuby60° / 15°
Fortified WinesPortTawny (older)58° / 14°
Fortified WinesPortTawny (younger)53° / 11°
Fortified WinesPortVintage65° / 18°
Fortified WinesPortWhite48° / 8°
Fortified WinesSherryAmontillados63° / 17°
Fortified WinesSherryDry, like most Finos and Manzanillas , except Amontillados48° / 8°
Fortified WinesSherryOlorosos63° / 17°

What is the ideal temperature to store red wine?

The proper storage temperature for most wines is around 55°F, or 13°C, but the range can vary by about +/- 10 degrees Fahrenheit, or 6 degrees Celcius. Don’t worry if your long-term storage isn’t exactly at that temperature. Keeping your bottles at a consistent cool temperature and avoiding any large temperature swings is the most important factor in storage.

The reason you don’t want to keep wine too warm in the long term is because warmer temperatures can “cook” the wine, destroying some of the tannins and other compounds that give it flavor, leaving it flat-tasting. You also don’t want to keep it in a cold refrigerator for months, because the cold temperatures and low humidity in a standard fridge can theoretically dry out the corks, which could allow oxygen to seep in and ruin the taste of the wine.

What is the ideal temperature to store white wine?

White wine storage temperature guidelines are the same as reds – 45°F-65°F, or 7°F-18°F. However, given that we have a pretty wide range to work with, it makes sense to store your wine, whether white or red, at a temperature close to what it is meant to be served at. Some wine refrigerators have dual cooling zones for just this purpose.

Why is red wine served at room temperature?

Actually, room temperature is commonly around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius, which is a bit too warm for red wines. That said, most red wines should not be served cold – they should definitely not be drunk at standard refrigerator temperatures.

Here’s why normal fridge temps are no good: cold temperatures highlight the wrong flavors in a red wine. Warmer temperatures emphasize the aroma and taste of tannins, acidity, mouth feel, and other more complex notes found in red wines. Colder temperatures emphasize fruity sweetness and minerality. Medium-cold temperatures emphasize oakiness, which is why oaked chardonnays should be served cold, but not too cold.

How to get red wine down to the right temperature

Ideally, to take a red wine from room temperature down to a good drinking temperature, take a bottle of red wine at room temperature and put it in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. This should lower it to a proper drinking temperature – about 60°F-65°F, or 15°C-18°C.

White wine serving temperature

The ideal serving temperature for white wine is typically between 43°F-50°F, or 6°C-10°C. Younger, fruitier whites are best served on the colder end of that spectrum to highlight the fruit notes and minerality. Aged whites or those with more sophisticated notes are best served on the warmer end of that spectrum, such as aged, oaked chardonnays.

Sparkling wine serving temperature

While it is often recommended to serve sparkling wines “ice cold” – say, 38°F (3°C), it is probably best to serve them a bit warmer. Better sparkling wines have some unique notes like “nutty crispness,” which will really start to shine around 45°F (7°C) or so.

References

  • The Essential Wine Book: An Indispensable Guide to the Wines of the World. Oz Clarke, 1997.
  • Hugh Johnson’s How to Enjoy Wine. Hugh Johnson, 1990.
  • Wine for Dummies. Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, 2012.

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