Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is one of the most popular red wines. It is essential that you follow the etiquette on how to store, pair, and serve the Pinot Noir the right way, including whether the wine should be served chilled.

Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

Read on for all the information you need about Pinot Noir. 

Should You Refrigerate Pinot Noir? 

Most lighter-bodied red wines, like Pinot Noir, are better off served slightly chilled.

The ideal temperature for a Pinot Noir and other lighter-bodied red wines such as Gamay or Grenache is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit or around 12 degrees Celsius. 

What Is The Best Temperature For Red Wine? 

Normally, red wine is best when it is served at room temperature. This is what is mostly believed about the way that red wine should be served.

However, red wine is tasty when it is served slightly cooler than room temperature. 

Different types of red wine have different ideal temperatures. For instance, full-bodied red wines, such as Sauvignon or malbec is best when it is served at a temperature of 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Fortified wines are also best at around this temperature, of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Wines such as Port, Madeira and Marsala are examples of this. 

In order to get these wines to the correct temperature, you should chill the fuller-bodied red wines in the refrigerator for around 90 minutes in order to get them to the right temperature.

With a lighter-bodied wine, such as the Pinot Noir, you should chill them for about 45 minutes. 

The best way to enjoy this wine is to then open the bottle and let the wine breathe for around 10 minutes before you drink it. This will also give the wine some time to warm slightly. 

What Is Pinot Noir? 

Pinot Noir is a delicious and very popular red wine that is made from a pinot noir grape.

This grape comes from the word ‘pine’. It is named this because the cluster of grapes that it is made from are in the shape of a pine cone. 

Noir refers to the dark color of the wine which comes from the dark color of the skin on the grape. It is a deep ruby color. 

What Are The Flavors And Aromas Of Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is a much loved wine among wine enthusiasts. It is filled with delicious and complicated flavors and aromas that stand out from lots of other wines. 

Pinot Noir is a full-bodied wine that is very smoky. It has a thick and velvety texture. 

You will find lots of fruity flavors in the wine, specifically plum, berries and black cherries. 

There are also lots of earthy notes in this wine such as leather and mushroom. This is a great mixture of flavors for a wine. 

This wine is not very acidic and it is quite dry. In terms of alcohol content, it is a medium wine.

How To Store Pinot Noir 

Do You Refrigerate Pinot Noir?

When you buy a bottle of Pinot Noir, you should make sure that you know the best way to store it.

You should consider when you are planning to drink the wine to determine how long you will need to store it for. 

When you are considering how to store your red wine, you will have to consider a few different things. These include: 

When to drink Pinot Noir

When you are planning to drink the wine. If you plan on drinking the wine within a month of purchase, then you don’t need to store it anywhere in particular. However, if you are planning on leaving the wine to age for over 6 months, then you will ideally store the wine in a dedicated wine cooler. 

How much is Pinot Noir?

How much is Pinot Noir? Usually, if the wine costs over $30, then it is best to let it age before you drink it. If you spend a lot of money on a bottle of wine, it is a good idea to protect the investment.

When you decide whether you need any special storage, you will then need to consider the following parameters: 

  • Temperature 
  • Humidity
  • Light 
  • Vibration

How To Chill Wine Quickly 

Pinot Noir is best served slightly chilled. While you will often be able to plan to chill the wine prior to serving, you can’t always plan ahead.

Sometimes, you might want to spontaneously crack open a bottle, but you may not have chilled the wine prior to the event.

If this happens, there are lots of different ways that you can chill the wine quickly. 

Salty Ice Bath

First, find a container that is big enough to hold the whole bottle of wine. Add some water to the container and some salt. Then, submerge the wine bottle in the  container and your wine will chill within around 15 minutes.


If you don’t have much time, you should put the wine in the freezer. Leave it there for around 30 minutes but make sure you remember to take it out! Set an alarm or you’ll end up with cracked glass all over the freezer. 

Ice Cubes 

If your wine is too warm and you want it right away, you can always throw some ice cubes in the glass with the wine to cool it down. This will dilute the wine slightly as you are adding a small amount of water to the wine. 

Frozen Grapes 

You can add some delicious frozen grapes to a glass of wine to cool it down. This is a better idea than ice because it doesn’t dilute the wine. They also add texture to the drink. This works better for white or rose wines, rather than reds like Pinot Noir.

Final Thoughts 

So, now you know everything there is to know about how to serve Pinot Noir. It is also slightly chilled, which is different to some other red wine options.

There are lots of different recommendations for how to drink certain wines, and Pinot Noir is no exception to this. Make sure to follow these rules to get the most out of their Pinot Noir. 


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