Summer days. They’re such a beautiful time to while away the hours with friends, food and of course some Australian wines. Recently my girls and I came together to celebrate one of the group’s birthday (yes – feast time!) and to also take the temperature challenge, thanks to Taylors Wines from Clare Valley in South Australia.
With a blissful thirty degree day greeting us, we enjoyed a leisurely long lunch outside. Dancing beams of light. Fresh blooms adorning the table. And a smorgasbord of Spanish inspired home cooking to share with glasses of wine in hand.
So what is the temperature challenge?
It’s an opportunity to really try wine at it’s optimal drinking temperature. Too many of us (a whopping 80%!) drink our whites too cold: and our reds too warm. The correct temperature is actually recommended usually around 6-12 degrees for whites and 12-18 degrees for reds. So when we’re leaving our reds at room temperature on hot summer’s days… well looks like we’re drinking them way too warm!
Taylors Wines have now introduced temperature sensors on their wine labels – and if you don’t have a bottle of their wines you can get a free sticker here to try on your own bottles.
By adjusting the temperature we enjoy our wine at, it means an improved enjoyment of the beautiful product you’re drinking. In fact, a recent survey of Australia’s leading food, drink and wine experts agree that serving your red wine at the right temperature will improve its taste and aroma!
So here’s how we took the temperature challenge with Taylors Wines reisling, chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir. The whites went straight in the fridge to chill, while the reds were sampled without any adjustment. Then into the fridge the reds went for 30 minutes.
While we waited we happily feasted on our dishes of croquettes, paella, yuka chips, grilled nectarine salad and more (delish! How lucky am I to have such beautiful cooks as friends).
Once the reds came out of the fridge, we used the handy label on the back by swiping our thumbs over the sensor. The colour of the label was then matched against the scale printed, and voila! We have the optimal drinking temperature in the bottle – and it did feel a bit surprising how cold it felt.
What a difference. At the balmy room temperature the wine was beautiful already – it’s a stunning product. But once chilled it took on a whole new dimension, and really brought out the sweetness, complexity and body. It’s strange how much the flavour profile changes just by adjusting the degrees – and something I think people definitely need to try for themselves!
Opposite to the reds, once out of the fridge we left the whites for 15 minutes to warm up ever so slightly. And once again, we couldn’t believe the change just from a little time – it really does make the wine so much better.
At first I thought I’d find drinking white a little warmer strange, but it really made sense. The flavours sparkled on the palate, and really just screamed of sweetness but not overly sugary.
The temperature challenge really opened our eyes and showed us the difference even just a few degrees can have on the process of enjoying wine. I highly recommend you don’t just take my word but try it for yourself – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
And to make the overall experience even better, why not surround yourself with beautiful friends and food like I did. After all, the best moments in life are ones you share with loved ones.
To learn more about wine temperature and to get hold of a temperature sensor sticker so you can try the temperature challenge yourself, visit www.winetemperature.com.au. Also check out this YouTube video which gives you more insight into it. Cheers!