Spring is a season of renewal, and as the weather starts to warm up, it's the perfect time to enjoy refreshing wines that complement the season's lighter fare. But did you know that the temperature at which you serve your wine can greatly impact its taste, aroma, and overall enjoyment? In this blog, we'll explore the ideal wine serving temperatures for different styles of wines that are perfect for springtime sipping and make some wine recommendations.
Crisp Whites: Crisp and refreshing white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay, are great choices for spring. To fully appreciate their vibrant flavors and zesty acidity, these wines are best served chilled, typically between 45-50°F (7-10°C). This temperature range helps to preserve their bright citrus and floral notes while providing a refreshing sensation on the palate.
- Sauvignon Blanc: Grgich Hills Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn Vineyards
- Pinot Grigio: Jermann Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia, Livon Braide Alte Pinot Grigio, Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio
- Chardonnay: Lioco Chardonnay, Failla Chardonnay, Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
Rosé Wines: Rosé wines are a popular choice for spring, with their delicate pink hues and refreshing flavors. To bring out the best in these wines, they should be served chilled, typically between 45-55°F (7-13°C). This temperature range allows the wine to showcase its delicate fruit flavors, while also providing a crisp and refreshing experience.
Light Reds: As the weather gets warmer, you may still want to enjoy some red wine, but lighter styles are more suitable for spring. Light-bodied reds such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Barbera are great options. These wines are best served slightly chilled, typically between 55-60°F (13-16°C). This temperature range helps to preserve their bright fruit flavors and ensures that the wines are not too heavy on the palate during warmer weather.
- Pinot Noir: Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anthill Farms Pinot Noir, Faiveley Mercurey Pinot Noir
- Gamay: Domaine Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Foillard Côte du Py Morgon
Aromatic Whites: Aromatic white wines, such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Viognier, are known for their floral and fragrant aromas. To fully appreciate their aromatic complexity, these wines are best served slightly chilled, typically between 50-55°F (10-13°C). This temperature range allows the wines to showcase their aromatic bouquet, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your springtime sipping experience.
- Riesling: Dr. Loosen Riesling, Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling, Trimbach Riesling
- Viognier: Yves Cuilleron Condrieu, E. Guigal Condrieu, Chapoutier Condrieu
Dessert Wines: If you're in the mood for a sweet treat during spring, dessert wines such as Late Harvest Riesling, Moscato, and Sauternes can be a delightful choice. These wines are best served chilled, typically between 45-55°F (7-13°C), depending on the style. This temperature range ensures that the wines' sweetness is balanced with acidity, providing a harmonious and refreshing finish.
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"Hi l am Wim, sommelier, and wine enthusiast just like you! My fellow sommeliers understand the importance of serving wine at the correct temperature. They know that if wine is too warm, it will lose its flavors and complexities, and if wine is served too cold, it will numb your taste buds. A few world renown sommeliers and myself will explain this further, and share some interesting (taste) case studies."