Wine temperature is one of the most overlooked things when it comes to serving wine.
It may not sound like a big deal to most, however if a red wine is served too warm (as it most often is) the alcohol will show through, and it will taste vinegary. Too cold, and the wine will be “muted” and won’t show its full potential.
A simple guideline for getting your wine close to its correct serving temperature is to use the 20 minute rule. Take your white wine out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before you are ready to serve it, and put your red wine in the refrigerator 20 minutes before you are ready to serve it.
Both wines will be at a much better temperature than if you weren’t to apply this rule!
Bearing all of this in mind, I’m taking no chances on the bottle of Straight Line Mendocino County Pinot Noir that I’m about to open! The ideal serving temperature for Pinot Noir is around 61 F. I’m thinking 10 minutes in the snow should do it!