When it comes to serving wine, it is a little more complicated than just opening the bottle and pouring. You should take into consideration things like glassware and temperature, which contribute to the overall experience.
Finding the right temperature for the varietal you’re serving doesn’t have to be tricky but is really important!
Too cold and your wine will lose its aroma and flavor, too hot and it’ll taste flat and lifeless. Different styles of wines have their own unique ideal serving temperatures. We’ll dig in here!
A common mistake people make when serving red wine is pouring it at a toasty room temperature. This is actually not the ideal serving temperature for reds.
Instead, serve them from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius (depending on the wine). Need a good rule of thumb? Light red wines like Grenache and Zinfandel should be served cool (from 12-18 degrees) and the fruitier the wine, the warmer you can drink it at. Richer reds like Chianti, Cabernet and Rioja should be served slightly under room temperature (usually between 18 and 20 degrees).
High tannin wines will smooth out with higher temperatures but remember it is always easier to warm wine up than cool it down.
When served too cold, red wines will lose most, if not all of their aromas and flavors, making them taste acidic. When served too hot, they’ll taste bland and boring.
White wines should definitely be served chilled (fridge cold – 6-12 degrees). In general, the lighter the wine the colder it should be. Light-bodied white wines should typically be refrigerated for 2-4 hours in order to chill down to 8 degrees; this will preserve the freshness and fruitiness of the wine. If you’re in a rush, use the sommelier trick of making an ice bath. Fill your ice bucket halfway with cubes and halfway with ice-cold water. If you’re really in a rush, add a couple of handfuls of salt to lower the freezing point of the water so it becomes colder. This process will speed things up to as little as 20 minutes on a room temperature bottle!
Rosé wines, even dry ones, should be served around 8 to 12 degrees to perfectly capture the aromas and flavors. Like with red wines, if you serve these too cold they’ll lose their complexity.
Remember, the temperature is key to fully experiencing wine. Always take into account the type of wine you plan on drinking and its characteristics before you chill and serve your wine. If you do this correctly, you should be good to go. Cheers!
Sangria is a wine punch with endless possibilities. A popular antidote to summer heat in Spain and Portugal, the drink traditionally features red wine—usually Tempranillo from Rioja—served chilled with sliced fruit and orange liqueur, and sometimes a splash of soda.
But that’s not all sangria can do or be. At its most essential, it’s a rubric for a wide world of recipes that combine wine, fruit and some sort of sweetener.
“Many people think of it instead as a template, an invitation to experiment with fresh, fruity wines and other fine ingredients,” wrote Eric Asimov in The New York Times.
And so, we created an apple cider sangria to celebrate the flavors of fall. It’s primed for personalization.
Increase or decrease the amount of cider to your preferred level of sweetness and use any dry white wine you have on hand, though we recommend unoaked bottles to keep things fresh and fruity.
Feel free to experiment with other fruit, too, like sliced pear or fresh cranberries.
Total Time – 5 min.
Serving Size – 1 pitcher
1 cup apple cider
750-ml bottle dry white wine
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from approximately one navel orange)
¼ cup brandy, preferably Calvados Sparkling water to top
One apple, cut into ½-inch cubes ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
Put fruit in a pitcher that can hold at least six quarts. Add apple cider, wine, juice and brandy and refrigerate until well chilled. When ready to serve, give it a good stir and then pour in sparkling water. Alternatively, you can pour the chilled mixture into glasses and top each with sparkling water.
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GLENMORANGIE X KARAOKE
Here’s what you need:
50ml X by Glenmorangie
20ml Lime Juice
50ml Sparkling Apple Juice
Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Add X by Glenmorangie, lime juice, and sparkling apple juice. Stir, garnish with an apple slice and turn the music up.
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