hot wine and cool nights

Hey loyal wine homies!!

I am so sorry it’s been a long, long time since I posted anything. I can assure you I have not stopped sampling vino. I was shopping the blog out to partners for a print gig. But… here I am! Back on the interwebs!! Maybe another year, yes?

So, in the middle of Summer, after all the things we’ve already explored, the best thing I can think of to chat about is temperature. For those of you not in British Columbia you may not be aware that it is hot as monkey balls here this Summer.

Across the province there are drought warnings, forest fires and dog-in-hot-car confrontations. It’s very stressful! So you should drink wine if you live here because that really helps!

White wine should be served cold and red wine served room temperature, right? Not for you and I my saucy (sauced) friend! I found this great infographic that explains it simply but with great details.

wine temps infographBetter? Your fridge is probably around 3-4 degrees. So, if you leave a bottle of white in the fridge until you are ready to drink it you will be serving it too chilled. It should be quite a bit warmer. Red can only be served at room temperature in the Spring or Fall, kind of. I keep my house around 20 degrees or so. Always too warm for wine. It needs to go in the fridge or on ice for a bit.

And for those of you who value looking like a wine snob this is great trivia to toss out as you pour!

So, even if you followed the twenty minute rule (whites out and reds in the fridge for twenty minutes before serving), it’s really dependent on the ambient temperature. And for really great wine, it pays to have that ice bucket on the table.

Now, we can’t talk wine temp in the Summer without talking about buying it and getting it home. It’s bad, bad, bad to leave babies, dogs, old people, ice cream, raw chicken and ESPECIALLY WINE in your car if it is warm out. It’s going to wreck the wine (and your dependents) if they spend any time sitting in your car when it’s warm.

When we toured the Naramata Bench last year in August we bought two bags of ice after the third stop to keep our wine safe as we continued our day. (Hello drunk at 10am – how did that happen?) I’m so glad I thought about the ice around 9:30. But your wine last or on a separate trip if you are planning to be out for the whole day.

That’s it! First post in six month! Thanks for the 11,000 views so far! You guys are awesome!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sipsinthecity
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 22:56:46

    I forgot to mention that the graphic is a stock image and I couldn’t credit it to another website.



  2. Carmen Fairley
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 00:36:31

    How lovely to get your post tonight! Your wine blog comes on my “social” inbox, so for the last many months whenever it said there was a new message in this category, as I clicked on it, I’d pray that you were well and that one day soon there would be a post from you again, and voila here you are tonight! I was in Spain this May where there is red wine at dinner every evening. In Spain the red is often served very COLD – too cold! Good info in your post tonight. Cheers! Carmen



    • sipsinthecity
      Jul 25, 2015 @ 06:33:12

      Thank you! Lucky you to be dining in Spain! $2 table wine that beats most of ours hands down. I’m surprised to hear they served it cold though! I would have thought the opposite would be true. Looks like a field trip is in order! Thanks, Carmen!



  3. antiracism2014
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 18:53:04

    Not every eatery in Spain serves their red wine brutally cold, but over 3 weeks I encountered very cold reds frequently enough to think it was a trend. The weather was extremely hot this May in Northern Spain. I’m thinking that each day the night’s allotment of wine for the number of diners got brought up from the underground bodega and spent a few hours chilling in the walk-in cooler before it was trotted out to the tables where the thirsty and hungry pilgrims were waiting for the pilgrim menu where wine and bread is included with a set menu meal! Bottles of wine sold at every grocery store and corner market are very cheap. My friend who lives in a rural settlement along the Camino de Santiago tells of visiting wineries and stocking up each year. She stores it in their household’s underground bodega where on rare occasions she has discovered that ordinary wines brought a couple of years ago that seemed unremarkable at the time have become utterly amazing after a couple years of storage in the dark cellar. There is one winery along this pilgrimage route that has a fountain where there is a long-standing tradition of dispensing free red wine out of one tap and drinking water out of the other. You have to pump a small lever for spurts of wine to slowly fill your glass. There is a sign telling pilgrims to limit themselves to 100 ml of the free wine and to come in and purchase wine at the bodega if they want more, but I have seen people fill a 500 ml pop bottle with the free wine which actually isn’t the best quality of wine, but free is free! Of course, if that happens too often during a day the wine spigot runs out. During my first trip there was a big fiesta going on in the nearby city 3 km away, so the wine fountain was shut off that day because of the past tendency of partying youth to arrive by car and help themselves and drain the wine reservoir which is intended for the refreshment of the pilgrims walking by. The fountain is available 8 AM till 8 PM at Bodegas Irache. Their web page contains links to more information plus a web cam that sometimes shows pilgrims enjoying the wine fountain!



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