How would you feel if you opened the fridge to see a bottle of red wine chilling in the door? Or if someone offered you a glass of warm white? It would be a world turned upside down!
But according to wine experts, our insistence that white wines should be chilled and reds served at room temperature is in fact a myth… or at best, not entirely accurate.
The truth is most wines, both reds and whites, are best served between 8°C and 18°C, and there is a significant overlap between the fuller-flavoured whites and light-bodied reds.
"It's not like there's a world of white wines that has a completely different flavour to the world of reds," Central Queensland University’s Dr Alex Russell told the ABC News. "There's a lot of sensory overlap."
The problem, he argues, is that 'room temperature' in Australia is often between 20°C and 25°C, while our fridges chill to between 3°C and 5°C. This is both too hot and too cold to get the best out of your wine.
Instead, the temperature should relate to the kind of grape used. For light white wines – think sauvignon blanc and riesling – around 7-10°C is ideal. Any cooler, and the flavour can become acidic.
Meanwhile, chardonnay is best served around 13°C, the same as a light red, such as beaujolais. Instead of whacking them in the fridge for days, preserve their ‘mouthfeel’ by popping them in for a light chill just before serving.
"Half an hour in the fridge will get you there," says Dr Russell.
Shiraz and other full-bodied reds are ideally served around 18°C – any warmer and they can end up being overpowering. So if the day is warm consider giving them some chill time in the fridge to get the most out of your drop.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza