It does make a difference that your wine is served at the appropriate temperature. This past weekend my husband and I decided to go for a drink after shopping one night. It was a beautiful night, and there was a local band playing outside, so we opted for the outside bar.
We ordered two glasses of pinot noir, and after taking our first sip, we both looked at each other – something was up. The wine wasn’t bad…it was just HOT. It tasted like mulled wine of some sort, not what we expected or wanted. We brought it to the bartender’s attention, and she stated that the glasses must have just come out of the dishwasher, and offered to chill another pair of glasses…and then poured the same wine into an ehhh-chilled glass…faux pas for sure, but we were too tired to say anything at that point.
That experience, coupled with the one I had last week of a fruit fly-infested glass of wine, has taught us to think twice before ordering wine in a restaurant…LOL. I digress…below is an excellent reference for the proper temperatures for your next glass of wine and some quick tricks for cooling that bottle of vino last minute. What is your favorite wine type, and do you go by the temperature gauges above?