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Snooth User: jrm78

Achieving the Right Temperature Before Serving Prosseco & White Wine

Posted by jrm78, Jun 16, 2009.

An owner of a winery I recently visited in Northern Italy suggested serving their Prosseco at 6-8 degree C and white wine at 10 C. Without buying so many measuring contraptions, how can one achieve this? What is ice water's stable temperature? How can one get lower than this if this is required? thanks, jrm78


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 16, 2009.

6-8 degrees centigrade is 42-45 degrees Fahrenheit. Your refrigerator is designed to keep food below 40F and the door area is frequently a bit warmer so chilling it in the door works quite well.

Ice water, as long as there is ice in it, is 32F, generally too cold for wines.

10C is 50F obviously a tricky temp to try and maintain but a quick rule of thumb is that an hour in the fridge or 10 minutes in the freezer will lower a wines temperature by about 8 degrees. If you keep your house at 75F expect to chill the wine from room temps for 2.5 hours in the fridge or 20 minutes in the freezer.

Those ae just very general guidelines but the tend to work.

I hope that helps!

Reply by GregT, Jun 17, 2009.

Good advice from Greg. You don't want to be colder than ice water. But think about it this way - how cold do you want your beer? Do you put it in ice? If so, do you measure the temperature? Probably not, you just know how cold you want it. The wines are the same. Don't worry about the exact temps too much. I put mine in the freezer or in the fridge, red and white, depending on how much time I have and how much I want to cool it. Always a guess and sometimes I overshoot, but then I just leave the wine out for a few minutes and it warms up.

Best of luck.

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