How to: Serve Wine

Hey All! Welcome to another rendition of Flask Master Blogs. This time we're going to tell you a little bit about serving wine, focusing on choosing the proper wine glass, making sure the wine is at the correct temperature, and how to properly save wine for another occasion.

The Glass / Cup

Choosing the right glass or cup for your wine is actually quite easy, but can be a bit confusing for a first timer. While you can certainly buy a ridiculous cup like the picture above, experts are quite definitive in terms of which type of glass should be used for which type of wine. While some glasses and glass shapes, such as the Bordeaux, are considered relatively universal (meaning they work well for both red and white wines), many types of wine actually have their own style of glass. For example, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir each have a shape of glass that is optimal and specially designed to allow for the flavours and aromas to be highlighted and recognized. In general, lighter and more elegant wines are served in smaller glasses, whereas fuller bodied and more powerful wines tend to reside in larger glasses. The below infographic shows the shapes of the most common wine glasses.

 

The Temperature

Choosing the right temperature to serve your wine is quite simple, as experts have taken great effort to study (it is a tough job, I'm sure) and understand  what temperature works best for each type of wine. 

White Wines: Serve at approximately 7-10 ºC. Colder might mask flavours and aromas, whereas warmer might cause the wine to lose its structure and become flat.

Red Wines: Serve between 10-19ºC. Colder will mute aromas and flavours, making them acidic and excessively tannic. Warmer wine might be overly alcoholic tasting, flat, or lifeless. 

Each individual wine may also have an optimal serving temperature. Be sure to reference the guide below and do your own research to make sure you get the temperature right every single!

We have a few that would be beneficial for you to ensure your wine is at the appropriate temperature. 
Firstly we have a wine thermometer bracelet that runs without batteries. Then we have a second bracelet that runs on batteries. Or get this gun-like digital thermometer. 

Saving Wine for Later

If you are a lighter drinker or drinking on your own, we understand that there might be occasions where you are left with excess wine at the end of the night. While wine can often sit in a cellar for years without problems, once a wine bottle has been opened, it's best before date starts ticking, due to oxygen mixing with the wine. Typical bottles will last anywhere from 2-7 days if stored correctly, whereas boxed wine can last up to 2-3 weeks. The most important thing in maximizing the shelf life of opened wine is proper storage.

Temperature: A cool dark place or a wine refrigerator is best. The cooler temperature stops the wine from breaking down with oxygen as quickly as it would on the counter.

Sealing the bottle: Wines should be recorked at the very minimum, and many would recommend vacuum sealing the wine bottle as well. The above vacuum pump can be left in as a cork as well. Decanting the wine to a smaller container with less air in it is also a handy option.


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