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PRIVATE RESERVEWINE CELLAR
ITEM NUMBER CWC-1200
 

Properly chilled white and sparkling wine - yes.  But chilled red wine?  Oh dear, some of you may think I've gone off the deep end! 

I would venture a guess that way too many red wine fans are not enjoying red wines at their optimal temperature and thereby not enjoying all of the complex flavors of a blend or even the distinct flavors of a varietal red wine. In the USA, we tend to drink white wines too cold and  red wines too warm.

This revelation came to me while living in Hawai'i for many years.  Because of the wonderful and cooling trade winds that sweep across the island of O'ahu where we lived in Honolulu, we never required air conditioning.  Of course there were those days when Mother Nature saw fit to close down the trade winds - a weather condition locally named "Kona" - too long an explanation to write here but if you're interested check out this link

So, my point being that the old adage of serving red wines at "room temperature" which I found out is really a reference to "cellar temperature" just didn't work in Honolulu as we didn't have a "cellar" and where our average room temperatures were in the high 70sF low 80sF.

Back to drinking chilled red wines! We started chilling our red wines by putting them in the refrigerator about 30 - 60 minutes before serving.  We had a vague idea that more robust red wines should be served at about 63F or 64F - and we used a long probe wine thermometer, specifically for taking the temperature of wines in the bottle. The difference in taste was amazing.  We did some research to find out what optimal temperatures were recommended for particular red wines:

Here are a few temperature (F) recommendations for red wines that we love to drink!

 

 Wine

Temperature

 Bordeaux

63

 Burgundy

61

 Cabernet

63

 Cabernet Sauvignon

64

 Chianti

57

 Malbec

63

 Merlot

63

 Pinot Noir

59

 Rioja

54

 Ros

45

 Sangiovese

59

 Shiraz

64

 Red Zinfandel

59

I don't know what took me so long to buy a wine cellar of my own!  I did some research and found the Cuisinart PRIVATE RESERVEWINE CELLAR
ITEM NUMBER CWC-1200
to be just the right size (holds 12 bottles) and fit perfectly in my dining area. It can also be placed on a countertop in the kitchen if you have more space than my kitchen allows

The wine cellar is programmed with eight pre-set temperatures to accommodate any variety of wine and when you've selected the preset number the temperature will appear on the LED display in F or C whichever you select.

Cuisinart PRIVATE RESERVEWINE CELLAR
ITEM NUMBER CWC-1200 
is available nationwide at major department stores, specialty kitchenware stores and of course, online at various sites including Cuisinart.

 

 

 

 
 
           
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