Our below serving temperature chart is merely a guide. The temperatures are the suggested optimum temperatures, however, we don't expect you to have a thermometer constantly at hand, but if you can stick reasonably close to the chart, you'll be doing well.
We often say the temperature of a cold lager is 5 or 6 degrees so that is quite a good base to work off. The lower the temperature, the more the fruit recedes but if the variety is acidic, a lower temperature can enhance the grape's natural acidity. The trickiest thing by far is maintaining the correct temperature throughout the time of consumption. A wine bucket/chiller can help here but please don't bury the bottle in the ice! If it's a hot night/day, make sure you cool your reds slightly, especially those with a decent level of alcohol or the alcohol will dominate your palate.
Our refrigeration times are also a rough guide as fridge temperatures differ due to settings, areas in the fridge and the amount of traffic the fridge door sees. If you are desperate to get a wine cold very quickly, you can put your bottle into the freezer for 21/22 minutes for a light chill and 27/28 for a full chill. This does scare us a little as too many of us forget it's in there...
Remember, if anything, rather your wine be a touch too cool as you can always raise its temperature gently by cradling the bowl of the glass in your palms.
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