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Should you be Chilling that Wine?

Posted by Robyn on 2/28/2014 to Hosting a Wine Tasting
There is always a recommendation for chilling wine. The problem is, many people have trouble keeping up with all of these recommendations!
There are many ways that you can easily keep track of how you should serve wine. The most important thing to remember is when you should be chilling the wine.
It is usually meant to be common wine knowledge that full-bodied reds are to be served un-chilled. But why would you want to keep them room temperature? Chilling these wines could take away from the aroma and the alcohol content of the wine. Reds are typically known for their richness, and chilling them could also make them thinner. If cooling the wine could take away its identity, such as with these reds, you will probably want to stick to the recommendation of serving them as they are.
White wines are meant to be cool and refreshing. This is why it is always best that they have been chilled one to three hours before serving. The fruit flavors that are in most whites will be preserved if they are cooled. Do you like the dull aftertaste that some wines can give you? Most people do not enjoy that taste, and cooling white wine will prevent that from happening. When it comes to white it is usually best to chill.
What should you do with your champagne or your rose wines? This is when you have to start looking at personal preference. It is always recommended that your sweeter choices be served chilled, so most would choose to cool these two options. However it is not uncommon that people serve them at a moderate temperature. When choosing how to serve these options, you should remember that cooling them is a common rule of thumb, but personal preference has the strongest pull.
Now that you can sort out how to serve different wines, you can invest in a cooler or chiller so you can always keep your cold wines separate!
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