Storage and Service Flashcards
Learn the optimal ways to store and serve wine.
What is the optimal storage temperature range for all wines?
10º - 15ºC
(50ºF - 59ºF)
List some places in your home where wine should NOT be stored.
- Kitchen, especially on top of the refrigerator
- In direct/strong light (sunlight or bright artificial lights)
- Near a radiator or heating vent
- Near anything that vibrates (e.g. busy staircase)
What happens to wine when it is stored improperly?
- Wines can taste cooked (maderized)
- Wines can taste old/stale (oxidized)
- Sparkling wines lose their bubbles
Bottles with cork enclosures should be stored on _______.
Bottles with screw cap enclosures can be stored _______.
Cork: on their sides to keep the cork moist
Screw cap: standing up
What is the optimal serving temperature for sparkling wines?
Well chilled, 6º - 10ºC (43º - 50ºF)
What is the optimal serving temperature for unoaked, light- to medium-bodied whites?
Chilled, 7º - 10ºC (45º - 50ºF)
e.g. Albariño, Sancerre
What is the optimal serving temperature for oaky, medium- to full-bodied whites?
Lightly chilled, 10º-13ºC (50º-55ºF)
e.g. Sonoma Chardonnay, white Burgundy, Condrieu
What is the optimal serving temperature for light reds?
Lightly chilled, 13ºC (55ºF)
e.g. Frappato, Beaujolais
What is the optimal serving temperature for medium- to full-bodied reds, oaked or unoaked?
Room temperature, 15º - 18ºC (59º - 64ºF)
e.g. Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, red Bordeaux, Ribera del Duero, Aglianico
What is the optimal serving temperature for sweet wines?
Well chilled, 6º - 8ºC (43º - 46ºF)
What is the correct ratio of ice-to-water in an ice bucket meant for chilling down a bottle of wine?
Bucket should be filled 3/4 full with equal parts water and ice.
What is the best material for glass polishing?
Linen as it will not leave particles on the glass.
What is the optimal glass for sparkling wines?
Typically flute glasses are best for sparkling wines as they allow a continuous perlage, and their smaller aperture focuses gentle and subtle aromas.
What is the optimal glass size for whites and rosés?
Typically medium-sized stemware is best for whites and rosés as the smaller size can capture and focus fresh fruit characteristics and delicate aromas.
What is the optimal glass size for red wines?
Typically larger-sized stemware is best for red wines as the roomy globe allows for more of the wine to come in contact with air, and there is a larger surface area that can release aromatic molecules.