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The following is a temperature chart for reference

WINE STYLE
EXAMPLES
SUGGESTED TEMPERATURE
Sparkling wines
Simple sparkling Wines Cava, Cremants, Saumur, Sekt, non-vintage champagne 4-7C(39-45F)
Sweet sparkling wines Sweet champagne, Moscato d'Asti 4-7C(39-45F)
Finest sparkling wines Vintage champagne luxury cuvees 6-8C(43-46F)
White wines    
Simpler sweet white wines Anjou blanc, German QbAs,Loupiac, Muscats 6-8C(43-46F)
Simpler crisp, dry whites Muscadet, Sancerre, Sauvignon
Blancs, Alsace, Italian
6-8C(43-46F)
More complex dry white wines Burgundy, Graves, Chardonnays,
Rioja
9-11C(48-52F)
Medium-sweet wines German Spatlese, Auslese,
New World Rieslings
10-12C(50-54F)
The finest sweet wines Classed-growth Sauternes,
top German wines, late-harvest wines
11-13C(52-55F)
The finest dry white wines Mature white burgundies. Graves, the best New World Chardonnays 10-12C(50-54F)
Rose wines Simpler roses should be coldest 6-8C(43-46F)
Red wines
Young, fresh red wines Loire reds, simple Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, vins de pays 10-12C(50-54F)
Straightforward red wines Simple young bordeaux and
burgundies, New World reds
except those with oak-ageing
14-15C(57-59F)
Serious mature red wines especially Noirs wines Burgundies, New World Pinot Noir Italian and Spanish Pinot reds 16-17C(61-63F)
Fully mature fine red wines, especially Cabemet wines Classed-growth bordeaux, serious
New World Cabernets, Rhone wines
17-18C(63-64F)
Fortified wine
Dry Fino sherry and New World
equivalents
9-11C(48-52F)
Medium Amontillado sherry, sercial madeira, white port 10-12C(50-54F)
Sweet Oloroso and cream sherries, bual and malmsey madeiras 15-16C(59-61F)
Tawny and ruby port and New World equivalents. Tawny can be chilled in summer to, say, 8-10C (46-50F) 15-16C(59-61F)
Vintage port 16-18C(61-64F)
Vins doux naturals 8-10C(46-50F)
 

 
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