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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 January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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