The Correct Serving Temperature for Red Wine

Don't drink hot red wine

Become a wine expert (Part 3): The correct serving temperature for red wine

It is a common fallacy that red wine should be served at "room temperature."  In fact, the correct temperature to serve most red wines is actually just above "cellar temperature," which is 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

While most white wines are served too cold, the opposite is true with red wine - ideally, the bottle should be opened ahead of service and served at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  With "room temperature" usually around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, these 5-10 degrees make a huge difference.

Pro tip:

If you don't have a cellar or wine fridge, next time you're going to enjoy a bottle of red, chill the bottle for 15-30 minutes prior to opening.  The wine should taste less "hot" - both in terms of temperature and alcohol - and should greet you with more complexity than you're used to. Remember, white wines are the opposite - they're usually served too cold.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or hit me up on twitter (@bobfwilson). Cheers.

Robert Wilson, CSW


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