Before you next say you don’t like a wine, take a moment to think about whether you’re drinking it at the ideal temperature. If the wine is too hot, you will no doubt be slapped in the face with a big kick of alcohol, too cold and the flavours are muted, the acidity heightened and the tannins are harsh. Do any of those wine descriptors sound familiar to what you may have said about a wine before? If so, then continue reading..
I was recently introduced to Taylor’s Wines new Optimum Drinking Temperature Range. The idea is to supply us, the consumers with a way to easily work out if our wine is at the right temperature for maximum drinking pleasure. Yes you can buy wine bottle temperature gauges from various stores however ingenuously Taylor’s have come up with an even better solution – the temperature gauge is right there on the bottle!
What is the Ideal Wine Temperature?
You have probably heard it many times, that for red wine, ‘room temperature’ is how you should serve it. Alas my friends, yesterday my room in Perth was 30 degrees – I am pretty sure the winemaker didn’t intend for me to drink lukewarm wine. Uhhh… the thought takes me back to my university days when anything goes, as long as it’s alcohol – who cares if it’s a warm Chardonnay, just wash it down with a cracker they say.
Wine experts around the world have come up with an optimum temperature range for different grape varieties and wine styles. Typically the darker and heavier wines are best at around the 16 – 18 degree mark and then your champagnes, sparkling wines and Sauv Blancs are better at 6 – 8 degrees. Taylor’s Wines have put a funky little chart together for you with the most popular varieties on:
The above temperatures are in Celsius however for the fahrenheit conversions check out this post from VinePair on wine temperatures.
Living in Perth, especially in summer, I keep all my intended wines to drink in the fridge – even the reds. Within a few minutes of being out of the fridge they are at the perfect temperature to seduce my palate in absolutely wicked ways 😉
How do the Taylor’s Temperature Sensors Work?
Like humans, and animals, it’s good to check a wine bottles temperature every now and then. If it sits in the ‘healthy range’ (see above) then it means it’s at it’s up most optimum – it’s how the winemaker who poured countless hours into making it, intended for it to smell and taste in your glass.
Taylor’s temperature sensors are part of the back label and are touch activated. They have a full-scale from too hot to too cold and the ideal temperature range is highlighted. It’s so super easy that I think all wine bottles should have one on!
Taylor’s are even offering to send you a FREE set of temperature sensor stickers to use on any bottle, plus a $50 welcome gift if you sign up today.
The Temperature Challenge
To fully understand the impact temperature has one your enjoyment of a wine, Taylor’s wine are asking you to take the challenge. This involves trying the wine pre-optimum drinking temperature and then trying it at the ideal temperature. I urge you to do it, jot down some notes and see how the aromas and flavours compare between the two. I am sure you will be impressed!
I tried two of the Taylor’s range recently – I didn’t include my pre-notes in the below, however it’s safe to say the wines were both considerably better once they reached that perfect drinking temperature.
This is another bottle I received as part of the @taylorswines #tempchallenge If you haven’t seen any Taylor’s Wines recently, take a look the next time you’re in the bottle shop as they have a temperature sensor on the back. This is to help guide you to the optimum drinking temp of different wines for maximum enjoyment! Once my rosé reached the optimum 8-10 degrees this is what I thought… Candy-floss pink on the eye with lovely scents of sweet red fruits, rose petals and vanilla bean rising from the glass. On the palate it’s refreshing and dry with plentiful red fruit flavours (think raspberries and strawberries) and crisp acidity. After trying the wine when it was too warm, too cold and then at what’s suggested the optimum – I have to say it was definitely more enjoyable when it was the latter. Not too cold to hide any of the flavours and not too warm that it heightens the alcohol and becomes unbalanced. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #tcweekdaywine #mediasample
I received this bottle as part of my #tempchallenge pack. If you haven’t noticed yet, @taylorswines now have a temperature sensor on the back of the bottles to help you make sure you’re drinking your wine at optimum temperature when the flavours and aromas will really shine (more on the blog soon). After popping this one in the fridge for 30 mins to get it to the right temperature, this is what I thought… Pretty red-purple colour on the eye with lovely fruity aromas mixed with a touch of sweet cigar and oak. On the palate plentiful flavours of blackberries and cherries come through with some definite tannins. For under $15 it’s a good quaffable red that would be perfect with some BBQ meat. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #tcweekdaywine #mediasample