The perfect wine experience depends on several factors including temperature, glass, tab and ambience.
When buying wine you should pay particular attention to some details, so that the wine experience becomes a real pleasure. The wine shops, cellars and wineries are happy to give advice and support - whether it is your wine preferences or the dishes served with the wine. But no matter how excellent the wine is, also the glass, the temperature, the tab and the ambience enhance its flavour. Best suited for beginners are white wine varieties low in acid such as Pinot blanc and Pinot gris or red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The saying "Red wine is enjoyed at room temperature" dates back to the times when the temperature in the buildings was much cooler - therefore the storage in a cool pantry is recommended. Here the perfect serving temperatures:
- Red wines with elegant body: 12 - 14 degrees C
- Red wines with distinctive body: 14 - 16 degrees C
- Strong and stored red wines: 16 - 18 degrees C
- Rosé wines: 10 - 12 degrees C
- White wines: 8 - 10 degrees C
- Dessert wines: 5 - 6 degrees C
- Sparkling wines: 6 - 8 degrees C
The glass itself is equally important: The stronger a red wine, the better fits a high glass with large volume. A rounder glass, however, provides more oxygen contact for light wines: The aroma is more intense. These rules apply also on white wines, but their glasses are usually smaller. New screw cabs such as Long Cab and Stelvin cabs prevent the so-called "corking" and are characterised by an extremely low degree of oxygen passing.
Also the order of the offered wines at a wine tasting makes a difference: White wines come before red wines, dry wines before sweet ones, light ones before strong wines and young wines before older ones. Smells such as smoke or food should not exist, so you can fully concentrate on the single aromas of the wine, its colour and possible existing fine particles. A real pleasure! If a mishap occurs, you should put salt on fresh red wine stains, which absorbs the humidity and the pigments of the wine. Glass cleaner or milk may help with dried stains.