How can temperature change the flavour of wine?
When tasting a wine, these are the main aspects that can be affected by temperature. Take into account the following notes, which will certainly help you make a better appreciation of each bottle you open.
1. Taste buds
The temperature of wine (or any other beverage) can activate or inhibit our taste buds. When a wine is savoured below 10°, the sensitivity of the papillae becomes lower. At temperatures below 4°, they become almost insensitive.
2. The alcohol content
This is another factor that can be influenced by temperature. Above 20°, alcohol becomes predominant as it evaporates more easily. If you have ever tasted a wine that seems to have an exaggerated alcohol content, one of the possible explanations may have been a higher than recommended serving temperature.
Another characteristic that can change with heat is sweetness. The higher the temperature of the wine, the more the sugar will be in evidence. Similarly, the colder the wine is, the less sweet its flavour will seem.
The release of aromas is facilitated at higher temperatures through evaporation. However, as already mentioned, if the temperature is excessive, alcohol will be the characteristic that will stand out the most, and may overpower the aromas and make the wine inelegant. In turn, a wine served too cold may prevent all its aromatic nuances from being appreciated, making them less perceptible and running the risk of appearing neutral and lifeless.
The texture of the wine in the mouth, conferred by the presence of tannins, can also be directly affected by temperature. Particularly evident in red wines, tannins are responsible for the sensation of astringency. The lower the temperature of the wine, the greater their predominance, which can make the wine rougher, turning into an unpleasant tasting experience. On the other hand, higher temperatures soften the perception of tannins, giving the wine a softer, more velvety feel.
6. Evolution and safekeeping
The importance of respecting the ideal temperature for each wine
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