We’ll talk about what temperature a wine refrigerator should be kept at in this article.
Did you know that it takes roughly 1.5 hours to cool something from 70 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature) to 50 degrees? Therefore, you should make sure that your wine is chilled well before you plan to serve it, according to [bu.edu].
But at what temperature should wine be stored?
Well, we’ve listed a few variables that may influence the temperature at which your wine cooler should be kept directly below:
Let’s briefly discuss the fact that there are two main types of wine coolers: compressor and thermoelectric units, before we get into the temperatures.
The thermoelectric wine coolers typically have a temperature range of 47°F to 65°F, while the other two units have different temperature capabilities. While the typical temperature range for compressor wine coolers is 40°F to 66°F.
When looking to buy a wine refrigerator and use it regularly, this is crucial to take into account. Because you are unable to serve wine at a temperature lower than your cooler can sustain.
In light of this, you must ensure that your wine refrigerator is dependable, does not break down, and does not cause temperature changes.
You might also want to read our comparison article for more information on how these two varieties of wine cooler differ from one another.
Your unit’s temperature for storing wine will be determined by the wines you want to preserve as well as the capacity of the cooler.
While it is possible to cool red and white wines to the same temperature, contrary to what many blogs recommend, we suggest cooling white wines a bit more slowly than red wines.
In order to store red wine and white wine in separate refrigerators, this would either require two separate wine refrigerators or a dual zone wine cooler, which has two compartments within a single unit that can each have their temperature independently adjusted.
Some wine collectors, however, might only want to store a single variety of wine, in which case they don’t need to worry about this as much.
For storing various types of wine, we’ve listed specific temperatures directly below.
Store at approximately 45 degrees
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
Store between 50 & 55 degrees
Store between 55 & 60 degrees
- Cabernet Sauvignon
For the majority of wine connoisseurs, the ideal serving temperature for your wine bottle is quite a personal choice.
It’s all a matter of personal preference whether the wine is served chilled or at room temperature.
The ideal serving temperature is entirely up to your personal preference as long as the wine has been kept in a cool, dark place with little vibration and exposure to light.
The general guidelines listed below for the best temperature to serve each type of wine are, however:
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Sauvignon
In conclusion, for the best results when determining the ideal temperature for your wine refrigerator, we advise that you stick to the previously mentioned recommendations for wine storage and wine serving.
And keep in mind that learning from other wine enthusiasts is only one aspect of wine collecting; you must also have firsthand experience.
Although it’s generally a good idea to abide by the recommendations for storage temperature, you can certainly experiment with serving wines at various temperatures to find the one that best suits your palate.
Furthermore, if you have any questions, kindly post them in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible.
Roseanne is an avid wine enthusiast, and has been our expert wine connoisseur since day 1. She’s extremely informed about all varieties of wine and different types of wine fridges.