Not everyone may agree on exactly what temperature to serve wine, but follow these simple rules and you can't go wrong.
- Champagne or sparkling wine- should be served well chilled. Place in the refrigerator an hour and a half before serving, or put in an ice bucket with and ice-water mixture 20 minutes before serving.
- White wine and sweet dessert wines- should also be refrigerated (35° - 40°) an hour and a half before serving. The exceptions are barrel aged white wines like Fume Blanc, Chardonnay and white Burgandy. These will improve if allowed to warm up slightely- 20 minutes.
- Port and sweet sherry- are best served at cellar (55°) temperatures or warmer.
- Red wines- in almost all cases are best served at 65°, slightly warmer than cellar temperature, but cooler than room temperature. Unless you have a cellar, best to chill the red wine for 20 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.
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