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Best Temperatures to Serve Wine

Best Temperatures to Serve Wine

Vino. Vin. κρασί. Vinho. Wine. No matter what language you speak, wine is the beverage of choice for cultures across the world. There’s a culture of wine that goes beyond the kitchen table, with bottles ranging from $2.99 for the 3-buck Chuck variety to $195,000 for a 12 liter bottle of Château Margaux being retailed at the Le Clos wine shop in Dubai.

Trying to pick the right bottle and the correct vintage for you palate and more importantly your budget can be a fun challenge. But when you bring that wine home, what do you do with it? And what temperature should you serve it at to bring out all the flavors?

Wine Storage Temperature

The ideal storage temperature for all wines is 50-55 degrees. Why you ask? The Arrhenius Equation states that for ever 18 degrees the temperature of wine increases past the starting point of 50 degrees, the chemical reaction increases 50 percent to  200 percent. So by keeping the wine at the ideal storage temperature, you can keep your bottle in it’s ideal balance for many years. Know that temperature is the most important aspect of the wine process, so if you plan to store your wine, make sure the temperature is right.

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Wine Serving Temperatures

So you’ve stored your win at 50 degrees, but now it’s time to enjoy your vintage bottle? For many who haven’t studied wine, you believe that whites get served right out of the fridge and reds should be served at room temperature. This is a common misconception, although based in some truth. Here’s the guide for the perfect temperatures to serve wine — any type.

Sweet Whites, Dry Sherry and Madeira

Sweet Whites, dry sherry, and madeiras and should be served at 43 degrees to 47 degrees. This means if you’ve stored it at the temperatures above, you need to slightly chill the wine. Be sure to note the normal refrigerator chills to 40 degrees or less, meaning the ideal bottle should sit outside of the fridge before serving for a couple minutes to ensure the flavors aren’t muted and the full fruity flavors can be enjoyed.

Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Champagne and sparkling wines should also be served slightly above room temperature, at 43 degrees to 50 degrees. This will preserve the freshness and crispness and ensure the perfect sip every time.

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Light Whites and Roses

Light whites and roses are still chilled, at 45 degrees to 50 degrees. This will allow the complexity of the flavors come through. If these are too cold, they can taste flat, muting the flavors and reducing the experience.

Heavy Whites and Light Reds

Heavy whites and light reds should be served at 50 degrees to 55 degrees to release the complexity and aromatics of the wine. If you have a stored these at the ideal temperature, they are ready to be served directly out of the cellar. If your light reds have been sitting at room temperature, put them in the fridge or in an quick ice back to cool them slightly when served.

Tawny Ports and Sweet Sherry

Tawny ports and sweet sherry should be served at 54 degrees to 61 degrees. Again, this is slightly below the normal room temperature and slightly above the storage temperature.

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Medium Bodied Reds

Medium bodied reds should be served at 55 degrees. This falls in line exactly with the storage temperature and will bring out the full complexity and aromatics of the flavors.

Full Bodied and Aged Reds

Full bodied and aged reds should be served at 59 to 64 degrees, slightly cooler than room temperature and slightly warmer than the storage temperature. Thiswill help de-emphasize the bitter aspects of the wine and make for a cleaner taste.

Sweet Madeira and Vintage Port

The sweet madeira and vintage ports are the closest to being served at room temperature, with an ideal serving at 64 degrees to 68 degrees. This will make the taste more supple and bring out the full aramaic qualities of your vintage port or sweet madeira.

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While there are plenty of other things to learn to become a true wine connoisseur, storing and serving your wine at the perfect temperatures is the easiest way to get the most out of your bottle, no matter what the cost.

Featured photo credit: SantiMB via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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