Another reason to consider a wine fridge is to make sure that your wine tastes its best when you’re ready to drink it. While the ideal temperature for wine storage is 55 degrees, the best temperature for serving wine is another story. Wines can be broken into three basic categories when it comes to serving temperatures:
- Red Wines: Traditionally, red wines are served at room temperature. Today’s houses are kept much warmer than they were in the past, so this really means somewhere between 60 and 65 degrees.
- White Wines: White wines typically taste better chilled, but not so cold that you can’t distinguish the delicate flavors. These should be served between 50 and 60 degrees.
- Sparkling Wines: Carbonated drinks are at their best when served as cold as possible. For Champagne and other sparklers, 40 degrees will do nicely.
A 38-degree kitchen fridge is too cold for any wine, but a dedicated wine fridge or dual zone wine cooler keeps your wine at just the right temperature to make the most of its flavor when you are ready to drink it.