Cards of Wine

Wine Serving Temperatures

Wine Temperatures

The serving temperature of wine is very important! Cold wine tastes completely different from wine served at a warmer temperature.

Light white wines should be served at 6-10°C (43-50°F).

Fuller white wines can be served at 10-14°C (50-57°F).

Light and fresh red wines are best at 14-16°C (57-61°F).

Powerful red wines can be served at 16-18°C (61-64°F).

No wine should be served hotter than 18°C (64°F).

Red Wines

17-18°C
63-64°F
Rich, Intense, and Oaky Reds
Amarone
Barolo
Bordeaux (High Quality)
Brunello di Montalcino
Cabernet Sauvignon
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Côtes du Rhône (North)
Malbec
Montepulciano
Nebbiolo
Sangiovese
Shiraz
Syrah
Tempranillo
Zinfandel (Heavy)
16-17°C
61-63°F
Rich and Oaky Reds
Chianti Classico Riserva
Rioja Reserva
Barbaresco
Merlot (Oaked)
Pinotage
Ribera del Duero
15-16°C
59-61°F
Rich Reds
Bordeaux (Medium Quality)
Burgundy (High Quality)
Barbera
Côtes du Rhône (South)
Rioja Crianza
14-15°C
57-59°F
Medium - Light Reds
Bardolino
Burgundy (Medium Quality)
Cabernet Franc
Chianti Classico
Dolcetto
Merlot
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel (Light)
12-14°C
54-57°F
Light Reds
Beaujolais
Gamay
Valpolicella
10-12°C
50-54°F
Light Juicy Reds
Beaujolais Nouveau
  8-10°C
46-50°F
Sparkling Reds
Lambrusco

White Wines

12-14°C
54-57°F
Full Bodied Oaked Whites
Chardonnay (High Quality)
White Burgundy (High Quality)
10-12°C
50-54°F
Full Bodied Whites
Chablis (High Quality)
Rioja Blanco (Oaked)
Sémillon
Soave Superiore
Viognier
  8-10°C
46-50°F
Dry Whites
Albariño
Alvarinho
Arneis
Bordeaux (Sauvignon Based)
Bordeaux (Semmilon Based)
Chablis (Medium Quality)
Chablis (Petit)
Chardonnay (Unoaked)
Chenin Blanc (Dry)
Gewurztraminer (Dry)
Malvasia (Dry)
Muscadet
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Grigio
Pouilly-Fumé
Riesling Kabinett (Dry)
Riesling Spätlese (Dry)
Rioja Blanco (Unoaked)
Sancerre
Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon
Weisburgunder
Vinho Verde
White Rhône (South)
Vernaccia
Vouvray
  6 - 8°C
43-46°F
Off-Dry Whites
Gewurztraminer (Off-Dry)
Pinot Gris (Alsace)
Riesling Kabinett (Off-Dry)
Riesling Spätlese (Off-Dry)
Chenin Blanc (Off-Dry)

Rosé Wines

10-12°C
50-54°F
Quality Rosé
Malbec Rosé (Argentina)
Pinot Noir Rosé (USA)
Provence Rosé (France)
Ribera del Duero Rosado (Spain)
Shiraz Rosé (Australia)
Shiraz Rosé (Chile)
Syrah Rosé (USA)
Tavel Rosé (France)
Zinfandel Rosé (USA)
  8-10°C
46-50°F
Medium Rosé
Navarra Rosado (Spain)
Nebbiolo Rosato (Italy)
Murcia Rosado (Spain)
Pinot Noir Rosé (New Zealand)
Rioja Rosado (Spain)
Valencia Rosado (Spain)
  6 - 8°C
43-46°F
Low Quality Rosé

Sparkling Wines

10-12°C
50-54°F
Full Body
Champagne (High Quality)
Crémant (High Quality)
Blanc de Noirs
  8-10°C
46-50°F
Medium Body
Champagne
Crémant
Blanc de Blanc
Cava
  6 - 8°C
43-46°F
Light Body
Moscato d`Asti
Prosecco

Aperitifs
Dessert Wines
Fortified Wines

17-18°C
63-64°F
Vintage Port
16-17°C
61-63°F
Sherry (Sweet)
15-16°C
59-61°F
Ruby Port
13-14°C
55-57°F
Madeira (Malvasia)
Tawny Port (Old)
Vin Santo
12-13°C
53-55°F
Madeira (Bual and Verdelho)
Tawny Port (Young)
10-11°C
50-52°F
Madeira (Sercial)
Riesling Auslese
Sherry (Dry)
Tokay Marsala
  8-10°C
46-47°F
Sauternes
White Port
  6 - 8°C
43-46°F
Ice Wine
  4 - 6°C
40-43°F
Red Martini
White Martini