How to Serve Red Wine

by Angela LaFollette

Serve red wine properly to enjoy the rich flavor.

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Red wine pairs well with beef, chocolate and pasta served with red sauce. When you decide to serve red wine, you need to ensure that you store it at the appropriate temperature. Red wines also need to be decanted to allow the wine to breathe and to remove any sediment from the bottle. After you prepare the wine for serving, it needs to be poured into large, round glasses so the guests can enjoy the flavor and fragrance of the wine.

Chill a bottle of red wine so that it reaches a temperature of 62 degrees F. You can cool red wine in a temperature-controlled wine-storage unit or in a wine cellar.

Open the bottle of wine with a wine bottle opener. Always remove the foil from the top of the bottle first. Remove the cork slowly and at an angle away from people to prevent any injuries.

Allow the red wine to breathe. The wine will breathe best when agitated in a glass or a decanter for 30 minutes to an hour. Prevent any sediment from pouring into the decanter by pouring the wine slowly. Shine a light into the wine bottle and stop pouring the wine when you notice sediment collecting on the shoulder of the bottle.

Fill the wine glasses 1/4 to 1/2 full. Swirl the wine in the glass and smell it before consuming the wine.


  • You can remove excessive sediment by pouring the red wine through a coffee filter.

    Store your wine bottles horizontally to keep the cork moist.

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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.