What temperature brings out the best in a bottle of wine? Wine chilling is a topic around which there is much myth and confusion. But, as you’ll discover in this article, a handful of simple wine chilling rules results in a perfectly chilled—or unchilled—bottle of wine, whether red, white, or sparkling. But before we delve into the specifics, it’s worth considering why wine temperature matters.
The short answer is that temperature affects taste. Wine is a complex mix of ingredients, and every wine has a unique chemical composition. These ingredients behave differently as their temperature changes, affecting how they interact with each other, our taste buds, and, most importantly, our sense of smell. Wine drinkers adjust the temperature of their bottles to achieve the perfect balance of flavors, aromas, and textures.