Enjoy every sip
The moment of truth has arrived: your fine wine has been uncorked. Correctly stored, it will have developed its full flavour and, to be enjoyed at its best now, it will have been brought to just the right serving temperature before opening.
What is the optimum serving temperature?
Red wine is served at a temperature of between 14°C and 18°C, and generally, the older the wine, the higher the temperature. Dry, crisp white wine should be chilled to 8°C. More mature and heavier bodied white wines develop their flavour up to 12°C, while sweet wines should be served at a slightly cooler temperature of between 6°C and 8°C. And to enjoy the fizz of champagne or sparkling wine on the palate, it should be chilled at least to 8°C. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal taste, so why not experiment with different serving temperatures and find out what you enjoy the most?
Decant or aerate?
Not all wines benefit from lively pouring into a carafe. Red wines that have been stored for a long time should be carefully poured into a narrow decanter to separate the sediment from the wine. Contact with oxygen, which can oxidise and spoil older wines, should be minimised by using containers with as small a surface area as possible.
On the other hand, young red wines should be poured into a carafe, and enjoyed while still youthful and at their best. The contact with oxygen, which occurs by pouring them into a bulbous carafe, enables them to develop their flavour and become more harmonious.
Which shaped glass for which wine?
The shape of the glass also has a huge impact on the enjoyment of the wine. Mature red wines unfurl their bouquet in large, bulbous glasses. Curvaceous glasses emphasise the fruity notes of young white wines. Champagne fizzes and sparkles most impressively in slender flutes. The fluted shape prevents the carbon dioxide from dissipating too quickly and enables the champagne to effervesce.
From optimum serving temperature to the choice of the right glass: wine is one of the oldest cultural commodities and drinking it should provide real pleasure. Liebherr wine cabinets ensure that wine can be both optimally stored and served at the perfect temperature – so you can have the right bottle ready for every occasion, and can truly enjoy your wine.