What temperature should my wine be?

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

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Room Temperature

I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve been told that red wine should be served at room temperature

This is a widely perpetuated myth, but like all the best myths there is some basis in reality, the idea of room temperature hearkens back to a time before central heating, before air conditioning when the temperature of the room was controlled by less reliable things like open fires. So, rather than the balmy 20-26 °C we now enjoy/suffer in our homes – dependant on who controls the thermostat, of course, room temperature used to be around 16-18 °C, depending of course on how often you could be bothered to go to get/send servants for logs for the fire.

If you think of it in another way there is no room temperature, merely different rooms.

So, all wines can in fact be served slightly chilled to drop them down to their ideal temperature.

All these temps are in Celsius I’m afraid. If you find yourself needing to quickly convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, there is a simple trick you can use: multiply the temperature in degrees Celsius by 2 and then add 30 to get the (kind of accurate) temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

Drinking Temperatures

The colder something is the less you can taste it – think ice cream – I dare you to try ice cream at room temperature – granted you’ll have to remove the prefix of ice but you will fin