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Serving Your Wine

Understandably, once a purchase of fine wine is made, you want to take the necessary precautions to ensure you serve it in the best way possible. Read on to learn The Winery Collection’s recommendations on how to serve your wine.

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Glassware Suggestions:

Wine enthusiasts have many different types of quality wine glassware to select from depending on the occasion and wine varietal. Which brand, style and shape to purchase is obviously a personal decision that will depend upon your wine preference, taste and budget. Many in the wine industry agree that the shape and size of the wine glass has a direct impact on what ones perceptions of the taste profile of a wine.

Many of these producers have created wine glasses to suit different grape varietals and wine styles. For most occasions, The Winery Collection recommends using a fine, large stemmed glass that allows you to swirl the wine without spillage.

If glassware is not washed before being used it may affect the wine. Dishwashers can also leave a film of detergent. If glasses are not thoroughly rinsed they can pick up odours very quickly. Always remove lipstick stains from glasses before washing them, as the wax can dissolve and coat the inside bowl of the glass. If circumstances permit, The Winery Collection recommends washing and polishing glasses prior to use to minimise any potential impacts from unforeseen storage issues.

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Serving temperature:

As you are probably aware, white wines are best served cool. However, if the wine is too cold you will find that aromas and flavours are suppressed. Aromatic white wines such as Riesling or Pinot Gris can be served chilled from the refrigerator, however fuller bodied whites such as Chardonnay may be more enjoyable a few degrees warmer. Red wine is best served at around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius or 64-68 degrees Fahrenheit.

In summer, it is sometimes necessary to cool the wine down a touch if the ambient temperature is quite warm. Red wines served too warm may seem volatile and alcoholic and will not show at their best.