Wine coolers are quite different animals compared to regular refrigerators. You put all your food and beverages together in a refrigerator, and all the odors can get mixed around. Some foods or drinks might not be affected by this, especially if they are packaged well, but wine does.
You need to put wine in a separate fridge, or even better, a wine cooler. These coolers are specifically designed to store wine and nothing else. They are built to preserve the quality of wine and allow it to mature properly.
Keep reading to find answers to all your wine cooling questions, including the temperature ranges of wine coolers, appropriate temperatures for keeping different sorts of wine, and more.
The Temperature Range of Wine Coolers
You will find wine coolers of various features, prices, manufacturers, sizes, and modes of operation. However, their temperature ranges are similar for the fact that the ideal temperatures for wine don’t change. For wine coolers, the temperatures may go as low as 40° and as high as 75° Fahrenheit.
It’s crucial for a wine cooler to be able to keep the set temperature. Each type of wine has a perfect temperature that’s ideal for their maturation and taste. The temperature must not fluctuate or the original taste of the wine could be lost.
Those who aren’t serious wine enthusiasts or collectors might not care about this, but those who do care would be very disappointed if their wine doesn’t taste as expected in any way.
Setting the Appropriate Storing Temperature for Various Types of Wines
If you are reading this, you are probably a wine connoisseur or an aspiring wine connoisseur. If you decide to start a wine collection, it is crucial to get a good wine cooler that allows you to set the temperature.
Most modern wine coolers have digital displays that you can simply control via buttons or a touchscreen. Here is a list of ideal temperatures (lowest to highest) for certain types of wines:
- Tart white wines: 48° to 52°
- Sparkling wines: 50° to 55°
- Full-bodied white wines: 58° to 62°
- Light red wines: 60° to 65°
- Rich red wines: 63° to 68°
Exact Wine Type Storing Temperature Guide
You can further break that down by the grapes. Here is a more detailed list of ideal wine temperatures from the highest to the lowest degrees Fahrenheit:
- Bordeaux, Shiraz, and Syrah: 65°
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot: 62°
- Chianti, Zinfandel, and Red Burgundy: 58°
- Barbera, Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and Grenache: 55°
- Chablis, Viognier, Chardonnay, and White Burgundy: 53°
- Semillon, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc: 50°
- Rose, Muscat, and Riesling: 47°
- Cava, Prosecco, Champagne, Sparkling wine, and Asti: 45°
The Best Temperatures for Serving Wine
Now that you know what temperature to store all sorts of wine at, you only have to worry about the ideal serving temperatures. These aren’t set in stone, and everyone’s preferences may be different. It may even depend on what food you’re serving it with. But here are the general recommendations:
- Serve red wine at 60° to 70°
- Serve white wine and rose at 60° to 70°
- Serve sparkling wine at 40° to 50°
Wine Cooler Categories
There are many categories of wine coolers, and you should consider your needs and types of wine you will collect before picking one. The most basic grouping is to divide wine coolers into single or dual-zone coolers. (You might find high-end wine coolers with more than two cooling zones, but you get the idea.)
Single-zone wine coolers keep the entire internal area at one temperature; therefore they’re ideal for a single type of wine, such as red or white. In contrast, dual-zone wine coolers have two separate cooling zones at two temperatures for storing two types of wine. Remember that white wines need lower temperatures and red wines higher.
If you only like one type of wine, you can go with a single-zone cooler. Otherwise, a dual-zone cooler is your best bet.
You can also categorize wine coolers by their design: freestanding vs integrated or built-in. Freestanding wine coolers are compact and not for use within a cabinet. For this reason, the cooling technology doesn’t have to take into account close wall spaces.
On the other hand, integrated wine coolers fit right into your cabinet, and they can be as large as you want them to be. These are almost compressor-based and designed to be placed right up against walls.
Lastly, there are countertop wine coolers that fit on any counter or table. They are better for serving wine and are not recommended as the main wine storage unit.
Wine coolers are a great invention. Wine storing temperatures matter a lot as they keep the taste and quality of the wine intact.