Turns out we’re all drinking red wine at the wrong temperature

14 December 2017, 11:49

red wine glass

How often do you just crack the red wine open and leave it to ‘breathe’ for a few minutes and get to room temperature. Yeah, doesn’t often last that long.

Well, according to new research from Taylor’s Wines we’ve all been drinking red wine at the wrong temperature.

The trouble with room temperature, it turns out, is that it never means the same thing twice:

“…the idea of drinking wine at room temperature or ‘Au chamber’ comes from the chilly drawing rooms of medieval French castles. While the Australian climate is great for wine making, it isn't ideal for wine drinking, with the average room temperature in Australia being a toasty 23 degrees.”

So what temperature should red wine be for all those delicious flavours to be unlocked?

“Each varietal has its own perfect drinking temperature. Full bodied red wines such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon should be served between 16 - 18 degrees, while lighter bodied reds like Pinot Noir should be served at a cooler 12-14 degrees.”

So now you know! Next time you’re hankering for a drop of red, might be best to consult this research first.