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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:00 PM
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I have a wine question
Should Chianti be served cold?
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:01 PM
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1. No!
At least I don't think so...
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:01 PM
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2. No.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:02 PM
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3. Definitely not.
Chianti is served at room temperature.
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MemphisTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:07 PM
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8. Yes but room temperature is supposed to be
62 degrees or something like that for red wine, but room temperature is good as long as it isn't too hot. I forgot the actual temperature the wine snobs consider to be room temprature.
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:02 PM
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4. Nope
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 02:04 PM by MadAsHellNewYorker
general rule of thumb: don't chill red wines
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:04 PM
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6. Am I a philistine because I like my red wine chilled?
Actually, I drink very little wine (or anything for that matter) so I probably am a philistine when it comes to wines.

salvorhardin... spreading bad taste since 1966. :-)
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:06 PM
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7. haha no
just speaking in generalizations here
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mojavekid Donating Member (993 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:12 PM
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11. Heathen!












.........................o.k., I chill mine too.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:14 PM
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12. My Ex Was an Italian from Brooklyn
Her parents always drank Chianti with an ice cube. I think you should drink it however it tastes best to you.

Personally, I like Chianti a little warmer than recommended. It brings out the aroma and flavor. But it partly depends on the wine. I had the misfortune to have a horrible Chianti -- the one with the bright orange label -- twice recently. The first time tasted harsh and bitter like rotgut; the second smelled like soap so much I had to hold my nose to drink it.

Good Chianti's gotten expensive. Used to buy Brolio all the time, but now it's out of range for all but special occasions.

In general, as far as red wines, go, my motto is: "I am NOT drinking Merlot!!" (Sideways reference)
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:03 PM
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5. Some red wine tastes good cold
I occasionally experiment and sometimes the wine seller or vineyard will give a suggested temperature.

I usually drink Chianti at room temperature. Some Virginia red wines I like chilled.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:08 PM
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9. No. BUT....
Some people mistakenly think that just because you shouldn't serve it cold, it should be served warm (or at an overly warm "room temperature").

Red wine should ideally be served at about 60 degrees. Here's a handy guide for you:

http://www.cellarnotes.net/serving_temperatures.html
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legalcoffee Donating Member (45 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:10 PM
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10. yes
A young chanti should be served at aroun 57 degrees. An older chanti can be served warmer. An ice bucket for a bottle that has been stored at room temp. should be fine.
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