Basic Rules of Thumb for Wine Drinkers
Red Wine is Not Meant to Be Consumed at Room Temperature
White Wine is Not Meant to Be Consumed at a Frigidly Cold Temperature
There are some exceptions. A bubbly or Sauvignon Blanc should be cold but a Chardonnay benefits from warming up a little bit in order to release its full flavor potential. Take whites out of the fridge before drinking and let them warm up for about 10-15 minutes, or to 40-50 degrees.
There’s No Such Thing as the “Perfect Pairing”
Don’t spend all your time worrying about finding the “perfect pairing.” Instead, find a few wines that you love and put them on the table.
You Get What You Pay For (Sort Of)
The added sulfites, preservatives and artificial junk used in really inexpensive wine leads to sinus congestion at the end of the night and headaches the next morning, which is not worth the $5 you saved. You don’t need to spend $100 on a bottle in order to avoid these symptoms, but you do need a little bit of quality. Usually that quality is found in bottles costing at least $14, but it still doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out some of Wine Shop at Home’s Everyday Wines.
You Need to Breathe and So Does Your Wine
In order for wine to really breathe, you need to get it into a larger container. Either a glass, a decanter or, if you have one, an aerator. All red wines benefit from decanting, as can some whites.
Once you’ve poured a glass or two, any wine that’s left in the bottle is breathing. Warm air degrades wine very quickly so don’t leave the bottle on the counter over night or it may be undrinkable the next morning. Pop the bottle in the fridge until you’re ready for a glass the next day
Storing Your Wine Vertically vs. Horizontally
Remember, these are just guidelines and the most important aspect of drinking wine is that you enjoy it! If you like your wine so cold that you put ice cubes in it, by all means, keep drinking it that way! My own mother drinks the cheapest wine you could possible imagine. It makes her happy and I’m in support of keeping my mother happy. And tipsy!