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Should red wine be refrigerated?

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Can you refrigerate red wine? Or should you? Chief wine and restaurant critic for Hour Detroit Magazine Chris Cook says maybe.

According to Cook, both white and red should be ideally kept at a temperature between 40 and 55 degrees, or the typical temperature found in wine cellars.

If you don't have a wine cellar Cook says red wine can be best served after being chilled in the fridge for a half hour.

The greater need to slightly chill red wine comes from how heavy newer wines are being made, according to Cook. He says that the cooler temperature can help to bring out more of the fruit character and underlying flavors.

Cook says while it varies from bottle to bottle, wine is typically best used within a week of uncorking it. 

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