The importance of the temperature of wine service
The temperature of the wine at the moment of its tasting is one of the most important aspects. Sometimes wines are served at inadequate temperatures: whites too cold and reds too hot. There are fundamental reasons why a particular wine should be served colder or hotter than others.
As we know the wine, it speaks above all through its stratification of aromas, which is dragged with it starting from the vineyard and gradually along the whole process of working and aging.
Perfumes and flavors however lose their ideal perception if served at the wrong temperature. For example, the lower the temperature of the wine and the perception of the aromas will be lower. The ideal serving temperature of wine for the correct perception and development of its aromas usually varies between 8 ° C and 18 ° C. In the case of particularly full-bodied and tannic wines, as well as large reserves and wines aged for more than five years in the bottle, it can reach up to 20 ° C. The temperature also greatly influences the correct perception of flavors.
The low temperatures increase the perception of bitter and salty flavors and decrease that of sweet flavors. In red wines the perception of alcohol decreases, and finally the perception of the sour taste is more pleasant.
High temperatures increase the perception of sweet flavors and decrease that of bitter and salty flavors. Red wines can be served at a low temperature, just in case they are not tannic, a typical example is light red wines.
Young, fresh and aromatic white wines can be served at 10 ° C while the less aromatic wines at 12 ° C. Soft and ripe white wines, aged for two or three years in the bottle, can be served between 12 ° C and 14 ° C. ° C.
The young, less tannic red wines are served between 14 ° C and 16 ° C, while for the more full-bodied and tannic wines it is also possible to reach 18 ° C. The wines aged for years in bottle, of body and still tannic at 20 ° C.
The sweet and aromatic white sparkling wines should be served at a temperature of 8 ° C. The sweet red sparkling wines can be served at temperatures between 10 ° C and 12 ° C; in this case the most aromatic sparkling wines endure lower temperatures up to 8 ° C while for those a little more tannic they need a temperature increase even up to 14 ° C.
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