A reminder on this warm Sunday afternoon that your red wine will be more enjoyable if you cool it a bit before serving. Red wine is normally drunk a bit above “cellar tempertature,” or 16-18 degrees Celsius. But if that Cabernet Sauvignon that you’re serving with dinner has been sitting on the picnic table all afternoon, it’s going to be 27 degrees, or even warmer if it’s been in the sun.
If you’re picnicing, I suggest you keep the red wine in the cooler with the cheese and meats. If you’re at home, put it in the fridge for half an hour before serving, and once opened, keep it away from direct sunlight. You don’t want it to be cold, you want it to be cool. And you most definitely don’t want it to be hot.
It’s a small effort, but your palate will thank you.