Wine Temperature Control
Dear epicureans and lovers of fine wines,
As we do every summer season, we’d like to emphasize an essential point for optimal red wine tasting: temperature.
How Temperature Transforms Wine Perception
Wine tasting is a complex sensory experience, where the taste and aroma of the wine can be profoundly influenced by its temperature. A promising red wine can quickly disappoint if left too long at a high temperature, for example in a kitchen at 25°C (or higher). What a pity to spoil the potential of a good wine in this way.
The subtleties of temperature for red wines
Without going into too much technical detail, it’s generally accepted that red wines are at their best when served at a temperature of between 15° and 20°C.
Below this temperature, the complexity of the aromas may be missed, and the tannins may be too aggressive. At higher temperatures, the alcohol takes over and masks the other flavors.
If you can’t store red wine at the right temperature, here’s a little tip: leave the bottle in a bucket filled with cold water, and add a few ice cubes if necessary. This way, the wine will not suffer any thermal shock and will be at an acceptable temperature for tasting.
Wikeeps: A Practical Solution
If you’re looking for a more elegant and practical solution for maintaining the right wine temperature, let us introduce you to Wikeeps.
It’s a small countertop wine cellar that allows you to lower the temperature of your wine by 15 to 18°C compared to room temperature. Our Wibox 2 and Wibox 4 models enable precise temperature control from 5° to 18°C for 2 or 4 bottles.
It’s a compact, lightweight, portable design that works simply by plugging it in. What’s more, its thermoelectric Peltier cooling system operates without a compressor, so there’s no vibration to harm the wine.
Wine Temperature: Finding the Right Balance
There are many clichés about the temperature at which wines should be served. For example, some people think that Beaujolais or Loire wines should be served “well chilled”. However, this is only true if you want to mask the bad taste of a wine… Today, there are some great wines from these regions, and it would be criminal to drink them below 15°C!
Beware of over-chambered wines
Conversely, we sometimes hear the re!commendation to “enjoy southern wines at room temperature (20°C)”. No, and especially not in the southern Rhône region, for example! These wines are generally made from blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the majority grape varieties in this region. They should all be enjoyed at around 16-17°C. And that goes for wines further south, too – it’s a rule to remember!
Discover Our Wine Selection
If you’re looking for a selection of fine red wines we’ve tasted recently that are particularly good right now (and have good ageing potential), take a look at our friend and partner Vignerons d’Exception.
We wish you a wonderful summer and excellent wine tasting!