We all love to drink wine, but it can be confusing to understand the best way to serve it. The way it is served can have a dramatic impact on our drinking experience. From the size of the glass to the best temperature to serve different wines, there are so many variables to take into consideration. This week, Ideal Wine Company will take you through the best ways to serve wine to ensure your drinking experience is perfect every time!
- Know your glassware
A fundamental element of any drinking experience, the proper glass will make your wine taste better. A wine glass controls the tasting experience, so here are some basic rules to make sure you’re choosing the right glass for your drink.
- White wine: look for a glass with a smaller bowl to help preserve floral aromas and deliver more aromas to the nose. The smaller surface area will also help the wine keep cooler for longer.
- Red wine: go for a glass with a larger bowl to deliver more aroma compounds and diminish the burn of ethanol as it is further away from the nose. Likewise, the larger surface area allows the ethanol to evaporate. In addition, the wider opening allows for a smoother taste.
- Understand the ideal temperature to serve
A common rule to understand is that there are different ideal temperatures for serving wine. Some of the more delicate floral aromatics in fine wines are completely subdued at very cool temperatures or burn off too quickly when the wine is too warm. While we know that red should be served warmer than white, here are the temperatures to aim for when serving wine.
Red wine: tastes better when served slightly below room temperature. Aim to serve it around 12-20°C. Light red wines usually work best at the lower end of the spectrum.
White wine: look for a temperature between 7-14°C. Remember, zesty whites should edge on the cool side and oak-aged whites are more suited to the warmer side.
Sparkling wine: 3-7 °C is great for most affordable sparkling wines. Try serving high-quality sparkling wines and Champagne at white wine temperatures.
- Decant your wine
When it comes to red wine, decanting is one of the best things you can do! This simple move will greatly improve the flavour. Simply pour the wine into a glass pitcher or wine decanter and let it sit for around 30 to 45 minutes before serving. This allows the ethanol flavours to evaporate and the wine to get to the perfect temperature. With the exception of very old red and white wine, almost no wine will be harmed by decanting. This is sure to improve your drinking experience.
- Hold your glass the right way
Once you’ve poured your wine, remember that how you hold your glass can still affect the taste. For red wine, hold the glass by the bowl. As your hands are naturally warm, this will gently heat up the wine and allow your red to be served at an ideally warmer temperature. For white wine, you don’t want it to be warm. Instead of holding the glass by the bowl, hold it by the stem. This allows the bowl and the wine to stay at a cooler temperature.
These basics are always great to remember and can apply to almost any glass of wine you drink. No matter what wine you serve, you’ll be sure to have the best experience possible with these tips.