White Wine Chiller: Keeping Your Wine at the Optimum Temperature
Most newcomers to the world of wine will simply put their white wine in the refrigerator, assuming that like most beverages it should be cold. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. While it is correct that white wine needs to be stored in colder temperatures than red wine, your refrigerator is not the optimal place to keep your white wine. You need a white wine chiller.
A white wine chiller ensures that your white wine is kept at a constant 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have different sorts of whites, you can even get a chiller with multiple compartments that can be programmed for different temperatures. If you want to get really specific with the temperatures for your various whites, tart, bright whites should be stored at 48-52 degrees Fahrenheit and rich whites (such as an aged Chardonnay) should be stored at 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you have a wine chiller, you won’t know how you ever lived without it!
If a wine chiller is out of the question or budget at the moment (maybe you don’t have room in your house or apartment, for instance), put your white wine somewhere cool (but not in the refrigerator) where it won’t come into contact with direct sunlight and vibrations caused by a nearby dishwasher, blender, or other appliance. Make sure to set it on its side in order to keep the cork moist so that the bottle stays sealed. If the cork dries out, your wine will spoil.
When you want to drink your wine, chill it in the refrigerator for about two hours or so. If you have some left over after drinking some, re-cork the bottle. Make sure that the bottle is sealed tightly and put back in the refrigerator. If your cork is broken or got accidentally tossed out, tightly seal your bottle with a rubber band wrapped around a bit plastic wrap.
If you store your wine like this, it should be kept at a temperature of around 40-65 degrees Fahrenheit, with the humidity being between 70-80 percent. Yes, this is hard to do with a refrigerator, but you can take the wine out right before drinking it and let it sit for 10 minutes or so to let it warm up a bit for a better drinking temperature. A bottle of opened wine is only good for 3-5 days, no more. If you keep it any longer than this it won’t taste right.
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot more to properly storing white wine than you might think. The refrigerator, most people’s first instinct, is not the answer. White wine should really be stored at 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a lot warmer than most refrigerators. Therefore you should buy a wine chiller (optimally) or follow the above suggestion. Toy around a bit with this method and you can get your white pretty close to the best storing and drinking temperature-so close, in fact, that your guests will never know! It can be our secret!