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It's Okay to Chill Red Wines—Briefly

Serve red wine on the cool side, even cooler than you think it should be

Serving a red wine slightly cool is especially helpful in taming that peppery sensation that full-bodied, high-alcohol red wines can have. It’s even fine to chill red wine briefly in the fridge, in an ice bucket, or outside if you live in a wintry climate. This is because once you pour a wine, it’s much harder to chill it down. On the other hand, it can always warm up in the glass.

If you find that the wine is a bit too chilly once you’ve poured it, swirling and cupping the glass (as you would with Armagnac or Cognac) helps warm it.

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