Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
Once chilled, must a red and/or white wine stay chilled?
—D.S., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
There are a few different angles to this question. If you’re talking about storing a wine and keeping it chilled, then, yes, it’s best to keep a stored wine at a constant temperature for as long as you can.
If you’re asking about serving a chilled wine, a chilled wine served at room temperature will probably warm up. But how quickly (and how much of an issue this is) will depend on a couple of things. If I’m popping open a bottle, serving it to multiple people and emptying the bottle in the process, I don’t worry about it. But if I’m opening a bottle and only serving a couple of glasses, I might try to keep the rest of the bottle chilled—either on ice or in the refrigerator—until it’s ready to be served.
If you put a wine in the fridge and chill it down, is it OK to take it out and let it warm up again, then chill it again later? Sure. It may not be ideal, but it’s not likely to do much harm.
Do you have a question for Dr. Vinny? Ask it here...
Learn to taste wine like a pro, pull a cork with flair, get great wine service in a restaurant and more
Learn from the experts and get the most out of each sip. Take one of our online courses or take them all—from the ABCs of Tasting to in-depth seminars on Food Pairing, California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Sensory Evaluation and more.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions