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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Is it OK to store red wines and white wines at the same temperature?
—Mark, Whittier, Calif.
Absolutely. When it comes to storing bottles of wine, one temp fits all: Regardless of a wine’s color or style, it should be stored at about 55° F for optimal aging and preservation. Check out our ABCs of wine storage.
When it comes to serving temperatures, that’s where the roads of red and white wines diverge. Your own preferences should always be your guide, but red wines should be served at about 60° F and white, pink and bubbly wines somewhere between 40° and 50° F.