Wine Temperature Serving Guide

It is amazing how different wine tastes when it is served at the right temperature. The following is a good guide to use. Do your own test and compare the same wine at various temperatures.  The right temperature brings out the true flavors and aromas of wine and makes your wine experience much more pleasurable.  Remember though that this is just a guide.  Enjoy your wine at the temperature that is right for you.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine: 46-50 degrees

Dry White Wines: 50-55 degrees

Rose’: 52 degrees

Red Wines: 54-64 degrees

We have always been told that Red Wines are to be served at room temperature. But we have to remember that room temperature used to be less than 65 degrees, not 70-75 like we have today. If you have had your Red Wine just sitting out on the cabinet, place it in the refridgerator for about 15 minutes to bring it down to the right temperature. If you don’t have a wine cooler, you can recork a partial bottle and store it in the refridgerator. This time, take the wine out and pour it into your glass and let it sit for about 15 minutes to come up to temperature before drinking.

Rosé Makes a Comeback!

I’ve been researching rosé for a few days now. It has been difficult to find much about the early days of this delicate pink wine that is now so trendy and has taken on such a Fab status with the wine connoisseur. America has always had a romance with French wines; however, Rosé started out in the South of France as a bone dry wine but it was not widely accepted in the US. In the 50’s the typical wine drinker in the US didn’t appreciate a dry wine. The preference was for a sweeter, higher alcohol wine. Then in the 60’s the US palate changed again with everyone becoming a wine snob and only drinking pure varietals and even though Rosé existed, it was relegated to the bottom shelf as a less than desirable wine.

So for decades, Rosé took a back seat to the more famous reds – Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot, etc. During this time, the American palate was changing once again – we now want robust, full-bodied wines with fresh fruit flavors. We want our wines to be (dare I say) orgasmic. So Rosé has been re-introduced to the American wine consumer. Today’s Rosé is modern, versatile, and elegant. It pairs with any setting or any lifestyle and is made in the dry European tradition.

I started drinking Rosé this summer (reluctantly). I was visiting Junius Lindsay Vineyards in Lexington, NC. They offered me a taste of their new Rosé and could immediately see the hesitation on my face. Smiling, they poured a sample tasting into my glass and waited for my reaction. What I was expecting was the sweet taste of a blush wine or a white zinfandel; but I was so pleasantly surprised!  On the nose I found strawberry with a hint of lime.  These aromas followed through on the palate making this a delightful wine.

This was the most refreshing wine I have had in quite some time.  It has quickly become one of my favorites.  I had thought it would only be a summer wine, but I am rethinking that.  I may have to keep it in the wine cooler all through the fall as I can see drinking this on a crisp fall evening out by the fire pit.

Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Rosé 2009 – Special Delivery

Alcohol – 11.5%

Suggested Pairing – pork (especially ham) and BBQ

And The Winner Is…

The 23rd Annual Pinehurst Food and Wine Festival is winding down today. This year’s festival was hugely successful by any standards. It was a sold out event with great wine, great food and great entertainment.

The Festival kicked off Friday, September 2 with a wine tasting & competition where the guests served as judges, scoring wine in ten different categories: Premium and Prestige Chardonnay, Premium and Prestige Pinot Grigio, Premium and Prestige Pinot Noit, Premium and Prestige Cabernet Sauvignon, Prestige Organic Chardonnay, and Prestige Organic Pinot Noir. Premium (less than $20 retail) and Prestige (wines that were greater than $20 retail). The medals were not categorized as gold, silver and bronze, but rather as medals of distinction and recognition.

The People Choice Premium Awards:

Benziger 2009 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

Cambria 2008 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay

Catena 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Estancia 2010 Pinot Grigio

The People Choice Prestige Awards:

Stewart Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

DeLoach 2009 Pinot Noir OFS

St Innocent 2009 Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir

Botega Vinaia 2009 Trentino Pinot Grigio

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