Monday, May 11, 2009

How to serve rose and white wines?

I love the Ca de Meci brand white and rose wines. I just am wondering if I should serve it chilled or at room temperature. I personally like it a t room temp, but guests have told me chilled.

How to serve rose and white wines?
Generally whites are chilled, and reds are room temperature. But of course, its your wine, you can do what you like. A red wine spritzer (which is chilled) is just as good, or better than a white wine. I tend to go by my personal tastes, and if I need to have two bottles for my more 'conventional guests' so be it.

I mean, I understand the why of it all, but really why the need for all these rules. I mean dang!

Oh, yeah occasionally, the winery will offer suggestions on the back of the bottle as to which temper. the wine is best served at.
Reply:Wine should be served at:

Red wine: 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit / 12.7-15.5 degrees Centigrade

White wine: 49-56 degrees Fahrenheit / 9.5-13.3 degrees Centigrade

Rose wine: 49-51 degrees Fahrenheit / 9.5-10.5 degrees Centigrade

It is important to remember that when people talk about "room temperature" for red wines that this is room temperature for old world Europe, not the room temperature in a house with modern heating and cooling.

These are the ideal guidelines, but it is also up to your preference. A good friend of mine lets his reds warm up a little more and prefers them that way - to each their own.

Two more tips:

1. Do not keep your wine in your refrigerator in on top of it for more than a day or two. The vibrations of the motor really break wine down.

2. Make sure to let your wines breathe for 15 to 45 minutes (shorter on the range for the whites, and longer on the reds)before serving. This helps a lot with the flavor of most wines, but it also means that unless you have a free standing open bottle cooler (cheaper terra cotta ones run about $15) the bottle will need to be cooler than the above when you open it so it will be in the above ranges when consumed.
Reply:Actually, I believe it's in between both. Whites lose their flavor at almost icy temps. But you don't want white/rose at room temp. Remember, wine used to be kept in cellars where the average temp was about 55F. The fridge will keep them a hair below 40F. So just pull the bottles out an hour beforehand, let them breathe, they'll be perfect.
Reply:Chilled on both
Reply:Chilled, and colder by at least 5-10 degrees F than Kurt U directs. (Perhaps on his trips to Europe he drank so much that he failed to see all the ice buckets).

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