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Dear Dr. Vinny,
My wife is expecting the birth of our first child in August. In celebration she wants Champagne. I have a '90 Krug Brut. What is the optimum temperature to serve it at? Reds are easier than whites when it comes to this question.
Congratulations! I say that the woman who gives birth to your child can have whatever she wants, served at whatever temperature she wants. Traditionally, though, Champagnes are served at around 50° F—with a chill, but not so cold that you can't taste anything.
If the wine is at room temperature, stick it in a bucket of ice and water for about 20 or 30 minutes. That should do the trick. You could also chill it in the fridge for a couple of hours, but never, ever, put it in the freezer. I can't even imagine the mess it would make if you happened to forget about it.
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