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The great wine temperature adventure begins

Have you ever thought about the temperature of the wine you are about to open?? Why does it matter?

Red and white wines have different chemical compositions that influence their sensory perception and their sensory traits so they need to be served at different temperatures to bring out their best flavours.

For example, white wines that are served too cold lose all their flavour.

If you chill the red wine too much, it’s not just that the flavour components that don’t come out, but the tannins feel much more astringent and harsher in the mouth. The acid is also accentuated.
By the same token, if you serve a red wine too warm, what you then get is the alcohol starting to dominate the head space in the glass and you get the perception of an alcoholic wine.

But here the Silver Fox can help you. At all the wine tastings the Silver Fox will always help guide you to the best temperature to serve each bottle of wine, enabling you at to get the best nose and taste.

As our newsletter alluded to, the richest of the reds should not be served at room temperature as lots of people think. Why is this? Well if you have a house like Mrs Fox it is always warm around 21 or 22 degrees and that is too hot for our rich reds.

As it is just after Christmas it is likely you would have been sharing some champagne and prosecco, and the correct temperature to serve those at, is between 6 and 8 degrees. If your fridge is set at 4 degrees that is too cold, so a few minutes before serving remove it from the fridge just to get it right. You will get a far better taste and flavour from the wine.

If we continue that theme for the whites:

A light bodied white such as a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and others should all be served at 6 to 8 degrees. Medium bodied whites such as a Chenin Blanc, Riesling and others should all be served at 9 to 11 degrees. Then for the full-bodied whites such as Chardonnay, Semillon and many others these should all be served at 10 to 13 degrees.

For the reds and rosés:

A rosé wine serve at between 6 and 8 degrees. A light bodied red such as pinot noir, valpolicella and others serve between 10 to 12 degrees. A medium bodied red such as a chianti, merlot, cote du rhone and others serve between 14 to 16 degrees. A full-bodied red such as shiraz, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and others serve at between 16 to 18 degrees.

The message is therefore, for red wine don’t be afraid to put it in the fridge to cool it to the correct temperature.

That is all well and good saying serve the wine at the right temperature, but how?

To make this easier for you we have 2 great wine thermometers that do the job. The first is the Kelvin Duo, it consists of a band for the bottle and a small disc that monitors the core temperature of your bottle, wherever it is, and uses a simple colour indicator to let you know the perfect time to enjoy your wine. Kelvin Duo comes pre-programmed with temperature advice for all 10 wine styles (3 Red, 4 White, 2 Sparkling and Rose) and includes adjustment for personal preference and memory functionality. Kelvin Duo.

Or for those of you that like technology with have the Kelvin K2 has just the band for the bottle then the monitor is on your phone or tablet. The Kelvin K2 uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, combined with recent advances in aerial technology, to send the temperature information to your smartphone (often from inside your refrigerator). The free iOS or Android app then monitors your wine as it is chilling and provides as much or as little information as you need to get the best from every bottle of wine. There is a lot more information on this model as it will tell you about the grape variety and food matching suggestions.  Kelvin K2

So, if you would like to obtain that great flavour and taste from your next bottle then follow the simple thoughts above, and enable that bottle of wine to be the correct temperature, the Fox promises you, that you will notice the difference.

For any help or advice as always, call or email the Silver Fox, always happy to help.

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