For many years we were told that red wine was a room temperature only beverage, no questions. However, in recent times when summer arrives the idea of chilling red wine has become much more popular. Chilled whites and warmer reds has always been the standard but when the sun’s out and your favourite tipple is a refreshing red, why not cool it down?
Chilling red wines isn’t quite as straightforward as it is with whites. Warmer weather makes warmer wine less appealing and chilling a red wine can also bring out its acidity and heighten the fruitiness of its flavour. A chilled red wine should be cool not ice-cold. The chilling process shouldn’t result in a cold to touch red because this is probably too cold and won’t taste right. Experts recommend serving wine at around 12-15 degrees Celsius but if you’re not sure of the temperature, most say removing your red wine from the fridge 10-15 minutes before serving should be good.
What Red Wines can you Enjoy Chilled?
If you’re looking to buy wine online and want to know which reds are best to be enjoyed chilled. The lighter the red, the better it will be at a lower temperature. You should be looking for the lighter bodied, low tannin level reds. Fruity flavours work particularly well but you may find something interesting and unusual about a herby or earthy wine at a cooler temperature too. Two of the most commonly chilled reds are Pinot Noir and Gamay, but you can try others such as Zweigelt or certain Cabernet Franc too.
Essentially you can experiment with your favourite reds and find which ones are best. There is no harm done if you chill a red wine and don’t enjoy it at that temperature, as you can simply let it return to room temperature and enjoy it as normal instead.
Red wines may not naturally seem like something you can enjoy chilled but try it and you may be pleasantly surprised.