Kamran A. Khawar, President of the consumer and business software company VinoVue, Inc., recently started his own wine focused company. In this role Kamran A. Khawar frequently participates in wine tastings along with winemakers and other wine enthusiasts.
There is no hard rule to which temperature your wine should be at when storing. But the most preferred place is somewhere cool and dark to avoid sunlight and heat, an excessive amount of which could ruin any good wine.
As a general rule, the lesser the storage temperature and amount of light received, the better the wine will hold its quality over time and develop harmonious complexity.
Most wines won’t benefit from serving at a temperature over 70F (21C). Most reds are served between 60F-68F (16C to 20C), with a little over that beginning to accentuate the wines flaws.
Much like in aeration, there is a very fine line between perfection and ruining your wine:
- Red wine is usually best served just below room temperature, so that it still has some element of refreshment to it and not an overly warmed, boozy scent that makes the cheeks overly flushed. Serving red too cold results in a much more unpleasant acidic taste and more noticeable tannins. Red wine typically has aromas and chemical characteristics which are supressed or dimished at lower temperatures.
- White wine is enjoyed most from between 44F – 60F (6C to 16C). Where the wine serving temperature has gone down, the perception of acid increases, keeping it crisp and with that fresh feeling.
- Sparkling wines most commonly served at fridge temrerature around 38F – 45F (3C to 6C). There is a fear that serving it too warm could dissipate the bubbles and ruin its liveliness. The risk is avoided by being drunk straight out of the fridge, when in fact a sparkling could be allowed to develop and be enjoyed much more when allowed to stand for twenty minutes after being refrigerated. Serving your wine too cold and the wine becomes empty of scent and taste with no real expression. But too warm could risk the connotation of “flatness”.
Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development, Design and Operational and Legal matters at VinoVue, a wine and technology company that he co-founded in 2011. In his spare time, Kamran A. Khawar is an avid wine enthusiast and likes to share his wine experiences with friends and colleagues.
Here is an introduction into the basics of how wine is made, from growing the grapes to aging the bottled wine.
Wine is a subjective thing, but there is a wine philosophy about what wine should be and what makes a wine great.
Wine is made from only grapes. However, there are hundreds of different grape varietals that vary quite dramatically. Don’t worry, there are only a handful that account for most of the world’s great wines.
Wine is made in hundreds of regions/appellations throughout the world. However for beginners, one needs to focus on the more famous, common and important wine regions.
The various components of a wine, its color, aroma and flavor, all have unique characteristics you should learn to look out for and recognize.
Wine Tasting Terms
Learn about some of the basics so that you can explain what you are tasting and understand critics and friend’s descriptions.
How to Read Wine Labels
While not every label is the same, as an introduction to wine there are many generalizations we can make that help you to figure out what everything means so that you can tell what style of wine it is, where it is from, who the producer is and other important info.
While many of the best wines improve with aging, it need specific conditions to do so and in fact not all wines do improve with age.
There are many of wine critics out there who give ratings and scores to wines. What do all these numbers mean and should you pay attention to them? Use them as guides, but learn how to rate wines with your own palette.
Kamran A. Khawar, President of the consumer and business software company VinoVue, Inc., recently started his own wine focused company. In this role Kamran A. Khawar frequently participates in wine tastings along with winemakers and other wine enthusiasts. Kamran Khawar also hosts wine tasting for friends.
Attending a wine tasting can be a fun and educational way to spend an afternoon or evening. It should be regarded as a dining experience rather than a night out for drinks. Shouting across the room to friends, for example, would be frowned upon at a tasting. Similarly, visitors must respect and abide by all tour or winery rules. It would be considered in poor taste, for instance, to argue about whether or not a dog should be allowed on a tasting.
Finally, individuals are advised to avoid taking part in a wine tasting event on an empty stomach. The nuanced flavors of certain wines can be difficult to appreciate while hungry. An empty stomach also makes an individual feel the effects of alcohol more quickly.