Wine service is an art which can be achieved through a series of basic steps and diligent practice. The keys to success are to consider the occasion for the wines being served, the menu, the location and the guest list. With the help of a few professional tips and tricks for how to serve Chardonnay, you and your guests will enjoy your Jordan Chardonnay to the fullest.
As a general rule, one 750mL bottle of wine will yield five, 5-ounce glasses of wine. Depending on your occasion and if you are planning to serve other beverages along with wine, you will likely need one bottle per hour for every two guests. Add theatre to your white wine service by pouring from large-format bottles.
Achieving the ideal serving temperature for Chardonnay ensures the best possible aromatics in the wine glass and enhances flavor. The best temperature for serving Jordan Chardonnay is 53-58 degrees. Simply place the wine in the refrigerator or an ice bucket prepared with ice and water for 30 minutes to an hour prior to serving.
Start with a simple waiter’s corkscrew. Cut the foil below the lip of the wine bottle and remove. Position the tip of the corkscrew just off-center and insert, rotating straight into the cork. Continue to twist the screw into the cork until only one curl remains visible. Catch the lip of the bottle with the lever arm of the corkscrew and slowly remove the cork.
Fine crystal wine glasses like these are recommended to enhance the tasting experience. In general, look for clear crystal with thin-rimmed, large bowls that hold 10-18 ounces, taper slightly at the top and balance well in the hand. The clearer the glass, the richer the wine’s color appears. The thinner the rim, the less the glass distracts from the wine as you sip. The larger the bowl, the better the wine’s aromas and flavors will be able to aerate and express themselves.
An ideal serving is half the size of the wine glass, about 5 ounces. Filling the glass just below the widest section allows the wine to breathe, further accentuating its aromas and flavors. Burgundy glasses are recommended for enjoying Jordan Chardonnay; they have a large bowl style in order to best accentuate the aromas of delicate wines, such as French Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The inverted balloon shape of glass directs wine toward the front of your mouth, allowing the most sensitive part of your palate to enjoy subtle nuances in flavor.
An open bottle of Jordan Chardonnay can be stored upright in the refrigerator for up to two days without negative effects on its taste. (Wine preservers can also help to extend the life of an open bottle). Prior to serving again, let the opened bottle rest outside of the refrigerator to gradually rise to its optimal serving temperature of 48 degrees. Keep in mind that a bottle of wine will warm either very quickly or slowly depending on the ambient room temperature. Investing in a special wine thermometer can also educate on how to serve Chardonnay at the proper serving temperature.