Serving Your Wine

We all know that white wine is served cold and red wine at room temperature, but there is a little more to it when serving wine to your family and friends.


Temperature:


White: If you are serving white wine to provide refreshment for food on a hot day, then by all means serve it super-cold (30 minutes in the freezer). If you want to taste more of the white wine, serve it cool. Some wine-lovers serve their best whites--like aged, subtle white Burgundies--fairly warm, at a temperature not much below room temperature. This gives you maximum perception of the wine's charms.

 

Red: Too cold . . . and a lot of the flavor and aroma is lost. Too warm . . . say, 75°, and the wine's alcohol is  dominant. When Europeans said room temperature they meant 60-65°. Most reds are best when they are basically room temperature (68°). An exception aref ruity, young and simple reds, like Beaujolais, which benefits from a little chill. This reduces the fruity character, 15 minutes in the fridge is all it takes.


Glasses:
There are only two principles to live by: Make sure the glasses are large, and make sure to fill them not more than a third of the way up. This enables swirling and maximizes the amount of oxygen you'll be able to drive
into your wine and maximize your olfactory pleasure.

Broken Corks:
If your cork breaks while you're opening a bottle, do not panic! The worst that can happen is that a little cork will get into your wine. Simply push what's left of the cork into the full bottle of wine, then strain the wine into a decanter.

Decanters:
The act of pouring wine allows the flavours to blend and helps to dissipate anti-oxidants. This simple act allows a wine to breath and can simulate an additional month of aging. It is recommended for any wine under two years of age.
 
If you don't have a decanter, use the old style lemonade/juice container or a popcorn bowl. Anything that allows you to pour and splash the wine. Heck even, pour a little wine out of the bottle, cover the bottle with a topper and shake the wine and let it sit. Wine is very forgiving.