For Your Information, We’ve Been Drinking Red Wine At The Wrong Temperature

We all love a nice glass after a hard day (or sometimes, not even a hard day).

Lots of us think of ourselves as wine connoisseurs but new research by Sydney Wine Academy and Taylor Wines has found that we’ve been drinking red wine wrong.

Or more specifically, at the wrong temperature.

We always thought we were doing the right thing by keeping our reds on the shelf.

But according to research, we should actually be serving them between 12 and 18 degrees – not at room temperature.

Mind blown.

So clearly we’re a few degrees away from the perfect glass. But why is drinking wine at the right temperature so important?

METRO GRAPHICS

Well, according to Taylor Wines, if it’s too warm, the alcohol ‘dominates, and masks its subtle flavours’. Meanwhile, ‘chill a wine too far and the flavours are suppressed, the tannins become harsher and the acids too sharp.’

But a wine lightly chilled at ideal temperature instead ‘reveals its delicious flavours, just as the winemaker intended’.

So what temperature is the optimal drinking temperature for your wine?

There’s not a one-size fits all approach but full bodied red wines such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon should be served between 16-18 degrees while lighter bodied reds like Pinot Noir should be served at a cooler 12-14 degrees.

And if you’re fonder of whiter wine, aromatic ones like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are best enjoyed when lightly chilled to 6-8 degrees.

We don’t know about you but we really fancy a red glass now (preferably between 16-18 degrees of course).

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