For many, summer is the perfect season to entertain. The sun is shining, the pools are open and all most people want to do is enjoy the weather. Therefore, dining al fresco is often quite the enjoyable experience. However, serving wine at the right temperature in 30C degree weather can often be challenging. As warm temperatures can damage wine by making it age faster and start to make it lose it’s flavour, it’s important to keep it cool in the summer heat. But how?
White wines: White wines are typically served at colder temperatures which can certainly be difficult in the summer months. To chill and keep your white wines cold, take a wine bucket or a large bowl and fill half with ice and the other half with water and submerge your wine bottle up to the neck in the bucket. The water will make the ice melt faster which then cools the water more rapidly. You can also add salt to the ice/water mixture which also helps the ice melt quicker. The cold water will chill the wine evenly rather than spot chill it, as would happen if you simply laid the bottle in a bed of ice. To keep the water cold, add ice to the bucket throughout the evening when needed or whenever you open a new bottle. And don’t worry too much about over chilling the wine because although it can mute a lot of the flavors and aromas, the summer heat will warm up it up once it’s been poured. However, if you find the wine is too cold (ie, gets slushy or flavours and aromas are noticeably muted) pull the wine out to let it warm up a bit or let the wine sit in your glass to warm up before you start drinking it.
Red wines: Often people will tell you to serve red wines at room temperature. However, while dinning outdoors, it’s difficult to assure your wine will stay at the correct temperature for optimal flavour. Serving red wines too warm will bring the taste of alcohol to the forefront and serving red wines too cold will mask the fruitiness and bring out the tannic, astringent taste of the wine. Therefore, the best way to serve reds is by chilling a bottle for about 30 minutes in the fridge, or 10 minutes submerged in an ice water bath. Although some people may think it’s odd to chill red wine, remember you’ll be the one enjoying your money’s worth.
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