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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I have a new wine cooler with only one temperature setting. I have both red and white wines in it. What would be the best temperature for both?
—Earl B., Cottonwood, Calif.
The ideal storage temperature for all wines is the same, 55 degrees F. But the storage temperature isn’t the same as the serving temperature. The storage temperature is meant to help keep wines from prematurely aging, but 55 degrees is probably a little too cold to serve red wines, and a bit too warm for whites. So just keep in mind that you might need to pull your reds before serving them, and the whites might need to be further iced down. Everyone has their own preference for wine serving temperatures, so follow your own palate.
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