The traditional adage of serving wine is that white wines should be chilled and red wines should be at room temperature. This is a good general rule to remember, but it only scratches the surface. A wine that is served too cold or too warm can lose character and aroma. Wines that are stored at the wrong temperature can even get ruined long before they are uncorked.
If you have a wine collection, you must find a space that is temperature-controlled. Storing your wines at temperatures higher than 65 degrees can result in an accelerated aging process. Furthermore, if you store wines colder than 45 degrees, they may not fully develop resulting in a less full flavor and bouquet. If you want to store wine for at least six months, it is advisable to find a way to keep the wine at about 55 degrees.
Short-Term Wine Storage
If you intend to drink your wine within a few months of purchase, it may be best to store it around its suggested serving temperature. This way, your wine will be ready to serve right away. You probably will not damage your wine unless you put it in your freezer or leave in direct sunlight.
Choosing the right temperature for your wine is not as easy as chilling white and leaving out your red. Specific grape varieties require different temperatures. In general, white wines that are light and dry should be served cold between 40 and 50 degrees. White wines that are fruity and full-bodied should be served between 50 and 60 degrees. Red wines and ports should be served between 60 and 65 degrees.
Keeping Your Wine Safe
The easiest way to keep your wine at the perfect temperature is to find a climate controlled storage center. This way, your collection will age as intended until you are ready start pouring. At the Wine Grotto at STORBOX, we have all the wine storage space you could ever need. Contact us today for a free tour of our facilities.