“Dear Karen, we live in Florida and wondered if there are red wines that you would chill?” —Don M. (Orlando, Florida)
Don, there absolutely are. In hot and often humid places like Florida, red wines can taste especially dull and lifeless when they are served a bit too warm. A good rule of thumb is to serve all red wines at the temperature of an air-conditioned movie theater. That’s in the high 60s Fahrenheit, not the 70s (which is the temperature in many people’s homes.) In particular, pinot noir and Tuscan reds (sangioveses) taste much better when served on the cool side. (Put the bottle in the refrigerator for 10 minutes). Beyond that, I would serve Beaujolais even cooler—almost as cool as white wine.