The right temperature at which to drink a wine is more important than it may seem. Whether it is an ordinary wine or a great vintage. That is why, once we have chosen the wine we are going to drink, and before enjoying it, we must take into account the temperature at which it is served, because whether it is red, white or rosé, a few degrees above or below what is recommended will modify our perception of the aromas and flavours.
And... how can I know if a wine is at the right temperature? Touching the bottle with your hands and drinking a little are enough to know if the wine is at its ideal temperature or not. There are also cellars that allow you to keep the bottles in perfect condition and at the right serving temperature depending on the type of wine you are going to enjoy. And for greater control, you can buy thermometers designed to check the temperature of the bottles.
The temperature of the room, restaurant, etc. where we are going to drink the wine should also be taken into account. If the wine is too cold it can increase its temperature quickly with the heat of the environment, but if it is served at too high a temperature it will lose some of its appeal, because the warmer the wine is, the more the alcohol and sugar are enhanced and the more aromas are lost. On the other hand, if the wine is too cold, there is a greater sensation of astringency and roughness on the palate and the passage through the mouth anaesthetises the papillae of the tongue, which prevents the wine's flavours from being perceived.
In order to have a reference about the ideal temperature for each type of DOCa Rioja wine, we have prepared a simple and very illustrative infographic. Don't hesitate to use it and share it!