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Wine Serving Made Simple

It is actually possible to get degrees in various aspects of wine. But, unless you want a profession in wine, you don't need to go to this extent in order to learn how to serve wine.



Wine Storage And Serving Temperatures

It begins with wine storage. Do you understand the differences in storage for red wine, white wine, and sparkling wine? It ends with pouring out perfect glasses of wine for yourself and for your guests.

For serving, red wine should be just below room temperature. But for storage, be careful to keep them cool but not cold. Otherwise you'll have gradual flavor changes taking place. You actually want a relatively humid environment for red wine storage, but not so humid as to grow molds.

White wines need to be stored in a very cool, but not quite cold environment. An ideal storage temperature would be about 53F. Don't put white wine in a refrigerator, where temperatures tend to be about 40F. Remember to gradually let your white wine warm up to just below room temperature before serving it.

White wine can be served in the low 60s if you want a cool effect. Some prefer just to put the bottle in a buck of ice for fifteen minutes if the bottle has been at room temperature for a while.

Wine Serving Glasses

If you are serving red wine, serve it in a thin rimmed wine glass. Typically it will be the shape of a bowl, but with a stem down to a wide base. The glass should be of an adequate size to hold several ounces of wine.

If you are serving white wine, serve it in a slightly less bowled glass. The glass should provide clear viewing of its contents. The glass should be of an adequate size to hold several ounces of wine.

Always hold a wine glass by the stem when serving, in order to avoid fingerprints on the glass. Some people are really particular, so you want to be careful not to get dust or oils around the glass rim. Wine enthusiasts aren't so concerned about germs as flavor detractors.

Final Delivery

You'll want a corkscrew suitable for your hand size and shape. Insert the cork screw into the cork at an angle so you have more friction to hold it in the cork and prevent splintering as you pull. A light jerk on the corkscrew should give you that nice pop.

Before you pour, especially if you're serving a heavy red wine, give any sediment time to settle. Give the wine 15 minutes of fresh air before serving. Don't fill the wine glass. Leave some room for swirling. The wine is served.