How Do I Serve White Wine? Hot

How Do I Serve White Wine?

Choosing a good white wine isn't helpful if you serve it poorly. Good wines can be undermined by being served poorly while mediocre wines can really shine if served correctly. Knowing how to best serve white wines depends most upon the choice of wine glass and the temperature of the wine. The correct temperature allows the wine's flavors and aromas to come out best without being overpowered by acidity or alcohol. The correct wine glass allows you to best experience those flavors and aromas.

What Glass Sizes & Shapes are best for White Wines?

White wines are best served in glasses that are 10 to 12 ounces. This is a smaller size than what is typically used for red wines, 12 to 16 ounces (though red wine glasses can be as large as 24 to 30 ounces). This is also larger than what you'd use for port, sherry, or whiskey.

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Best Serving Temperatures for White Wines

Serving wine at the right temperature can be more important to getting the most out of a wine than just about any other factor. Serving white wine that's too warm or too cold can make even the best wine taste bad while mediocre wines can really shine if you hit just the right temperature spot. The basic rule of thumb is to serve white wines at lower temperatures and red wines at slightly higher temperatures. Sparkling wines are served the coldest while ports and fortified wines are served the warmest.

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