Red Wine Serving Temperature Recommendations

The best wine serving temperature for most red wines is at or around room temperature. However, some vary slightly.

Wine serving temperatures can affect the taste, aroma and other characteristics of your reds. If it's too warm, you may taste more alcohol. If it's too cool, it will be little lighter and less flavorful than what you remember when you first tried it.


The overall guideline for a red wine serving temperature is around 60° to 65° F (15° to 18° C), which is why you'll usually hear people refer to serving it at room temperature. In most countries, the typical room temperature is around 60° to 65° F.

However, room temperatures in the US are usually a little warmer, around 65° to 70° F. Keep this in mind when you are getting ready to serve your wines.

Here are more specific guidelines for some different types of reds:

  • Red Sparking Wines and Sweeter Wines: Around 45° F (7° C)

  • Lighter Bodied Wines: Around 60° to 62° F (15° to 17° C) for Pinot Noir, Chianti, lighter Zinfandel

  • Fuller Bodied Wines: Around 61° to 65° F (16° to 18° C) for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Syrah, fuller bodied Zinfandel, Malbec
  • If Its Too Warm

    serving temperature for red wineIf its too warm, it's best to chill it for a little while to cool it to its proper serving temp listed above. You can chill it by placing it in the refrigerator.

    The best option is to use a dedicated refrigerator. You can also use your main refrigerator as long as it isn't too cold.

    Another option to lower the temp of it is to chill it in a bucket or in the sink using ice and water. You will need to chill it for about 5 to 10 minutes to lower the temperature a few degrees.

    Monitor the bottle to make sure it doesn't get too cool.

    If you need to chill the sparkling or sweeter reds from room temperature, you'll need to allow it to chill for about 20 to 30 minutes.

    If Its Too Cool

    If yours is too cool, the best way to warm it up is by leaving it at room temperature for a few hours.

    Do not use extreme heating measures to increase its temperature, since that damages it.

    Simple Way to Check the Temp

    wine thermometerThe easiest way to confirm the temperature of your reds is with a thermometer. There are several on the market, but I find that the Pedrini Thermometer is one of the best.

    It's easy to use and quickly tells you the temp of it inside the bottle. The other great thing is that it's low tech (no batteries or plugs to worry about).

    It's also small, so easy to store in your kitchen. It's the best way to confirm that yours is the right temp for maximum enjoyment!

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