Red, White and Pink Wine: Pairing, Serving, and Storage Tips

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Wine bottle and wine glass — poured to pair and serveWhether it is a last-minute pick-up at the grocery store to celebrate a long weekend, the perfect pair for this evening’s meal, or a gift given or received, a bottle of wine can be a treat for a multitude of occasions

With such a wide variety of choices available, you may find yourself thirsty for a few additional details before you purchase, uncork and pour out your pairing. 

Below, we explore the basics of red, white and pink wines, as well as provide considerations to store your collection for later use.

The Reds 

Red wines range in color from purple variations to deep, dark reds. As you take a sip, your palate will experience flavors, ranging from floral notes to fruit, spice and earthy vegetable tones.

  • Popular Types: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz
  • Ideal Storage Temp: 55 degrees (according to Wine Spectator)
  • Ideal Serving Temp: 63-69 degrees (according to an infographic by Wine Folly) 

Food and Wine Magazine suggests pairing reds with the following meals: 

  • Pinot Noir: For earthy flavors, such as mushrooms, truffles or root vegetables.
  • Malbec: For sweet and spicy meals with barbeque sauce-like flavorings.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: For red meat dishes.

The Whites

Take a sip of white wine, and get whisked away by light fruity tones.

  • Popular Types: Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Ideal Storage Temp: 55 degrees (according to Wine Spectator)
  • Ideal Serving Temp: 44-57 degrees (according to an infographic by Wine Folly)

Food and Wine Magazine suggests pairing whites with the following meals:

  • Sauvignon Blanc: For meals dressed in a tart sauce.
  • Pinot Grigio: For light fish dishes.
  • Chardonnay: For heavier fish dishes.
  • Riesling: When the meal combines sweet and spicy.

The Pinks

A more mellow version of your favorite red, pink wines feature berry and citrus flavors that pop like the sound of your favorite cork.

  • Popular Types: Dry Rose, Pink Moscato, White Merlot, White Shiraz, White Zinfandel
  • Ideal Storage Temp: 55 degrees (according to Wine Spectator)
  • Ideal Serving Temp: 53-63 degrees (according to an infographic by Wine Folly)

Food and Wine Magazine suggests pairing pinks with the following meals: 

  • Dry Rose: Meals rich in cheese.

Self-Storage Solutions for Red, White or Pink Wines

As we have previously discussed, proper storage can protect and preserve your wine collection for years to come. Take care now to protect your bottles’ shelf lives.

Wine storage solutions with built-in climate-control, such as those available at our Westlake storage facility, allow your bottles to be stored in consistent temperature conditions for premium care.

  • Each unit contains a built-in individual alarm system.
  • Westlake’s back-up generator allows for consistent temperature even if the power goes out.
  • Humidity is kept between 60 and 70 percent at all times for optimal storage.

Regardless of type or quantity (whether it is a single bottle, or a shipment of cases), self-storage solutions provide room for your personal wine collection or restaurant inventory to age with control.

What type of wine do you prefer? Share your favorite bottles in the comment section below!

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Comments

  1. Hope Henderson's avatar
    Hope Henderson
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    It's true. Wines should have their proper storage. I've had one too many experiences with my wines getting bad because of improper stowing ;(

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