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Serving temperatures for specific wine varieties.

According to Wine Guardian:

  • Sweet Sparkling Wine – 39-43°F
  • Eiswein, Sweet Vouvray - 42-44°F
  • Crémant, non-vintage Classic Rosé, White Zinfandel - 42-45°F
  • Vintage Sparkling Wine, Muscat New World, Riesling Gewürztraminer, Loire Valley Whites (Sancerre), Sauvignon Blanc, Alsace Riesling, Italian Whites - 43-46°F
  • Beaujolais, Nouveau French Chablis, Chardonnay, White Burgundy, Viognier, Condrieu - 48-52°F
  • Tawny Port (chilled), Full-Bodied Chardonnay - 50-54°F
  • Côtes du Rhône - 53-56°F
  • Chianti, Sangiovese, Barbera - 56-58°F
  • Young Bordeaux, Young Cab - 58-61°F
  • Merlot, Light Zinfandel - 58-62°F
  • Tawny Port - 59-62°F
  • Red Burgundy Pinot Noir Chianti Riserva Barolo Merlot (oak-aged) - 61-63°F
  • Grand Cru Bordeaux, Mature California Cab, Mature Rhone, Zinfandel, Vintage Port - 61-64°F
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Temperature consistency.

Be consistent when it comes to wine storage. Wine rooms that fluctuate in temperature can really impact wine.

Any temperature above 70 degrees will age the wine more rapidly, which can negatively change the taste of the wine. Any temperature too cold can also dry out the cork.

Wine experts such as Wine Spectator, deem consistency as one of the seven basic principles for wine storage.

It’s also important to consider the lighting, ventilation, and movement of the bottles, as these changes can impact your wine.

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Temperature subjectivity.

Wine is just as much about personal preference, as it is about science and chemistry. Therefore, if you ask different wine collectors what temperature they store their wine at, the answers may vary.

Individual taste can be very subjective, this is because some people enjoy wine more aged to enjoy secondary flavors, while others prefer a younger, cleaner wine.

As mentioned above, there is a difference between storage temperature and drinking temperature, so make sure you’re doing your research into your own wines first.

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