WHAT TEMPERATURE TO DRINK WHITE WINE AT?
The summer heat is now upon us, and that means the traditional drinks for the season are taking centre stage, such as white wine. Just imagine a nice cold glass on your favourite terrace. It can't get better than that, right? Well, in this article, we want to tell you what temperature your white wine should be at so that you can enjoy your refreshing and flavour-packed #WhiteWineSummer.
As a rule of thumb, white wines should be served very cold to take the edge off of their acidity and alcohol content. If these wines get to warm, their excess alcohol content might become more noticeable.
However, the serving temperature can vary if it is a fruity wine, or and aged ones or one with toasted notes. In this article, we want to tell you about the right serving temperature for white wine depending on the type of wine. You could also enlist the help of a special wine thermometer to get it right every time!
YOUNG WHITE WINES
Young white wines go perfectly with lighter dishes. The most notable feature of these wines is the wine-making process, since they aren't barrel aged. Young wines are made in the same year that the grapes are picked and are sometimes known as ‘yield wines’.
Depending on the variety of grape used to make them and the wine-making process used, these wines might be more acidic or sweeter. As such, the perfect serving temperature should be between 6 °C and 10 °C. What’s more, young wines with floral or fruity flavours should also be served cold.
El Coto Blanco is a fresh white wine with aromas of white fruits with a fresh citrus kick. The serving temperature for this type of wine is between 7 °C and 8 °C. You can pair it with seafood and paellas.
CRIANZA WHITE WINES
Crianza white wine has been aged for 18 months, 6 of which must have been in the barrel. We could say that the serving temperature for this type of wine should also go up in line with the amount of time spent in the barrel. The ideal serving temperature would be between 10 °C and 12 °C.
The temperature has a direct influence on how we perceive the aromas of the wine. So, in this case, the best thing to do it to serve it in a way that helps to enjoy them. However, you need to bear in mind that if the wine is too warm, it could boost the alcohol content and increase the sting of the wine.
Specifically, our 875 m Chardonnay is a wine that should be served at this temperature (between 10 °C and 12 °C). It is made using Chardonnay grapes and goes perfectly with fish and rice stews, and with seafood in general. Barrel fermentation makes this wine particularly silky and gives it complex aromas.
Other tips for consuming white wine
To enjoy a white wine in the hotter months, make sure you don’t leave it in direct sunlight, even if it is in an ice bucket. Sunlight can damage the wine and change its flavour. It’s also not a great idea to put ice in your wine.
When you buy a white wine or rosé, the best idea is to store it in the fridge. If you have bought a bottle of wine on the same day that you want to drink it, leave it in the fridge for at least two hours, or in the freezer for half an hour. Another way to chill a wine quickly is to put it in an ice bucket.
When it comes to sparkling wines, the best idea is to serve them very cold. To get the right temperature, you can leave it in the freezer for an hour. If you're short on time, you can put the bottle in an ice bucket for half an hour. Once you open the wine, you need to keep it cool.