Sometimes, what should be an easy mission ends up requiring a complex approach. Fortunately, chilling wine isn\u2019t one of them. Follow a few guidelines, and you\u2019ll sip at the optimal temperature in no time.\r\n\r\nNot all wines should be chilled to the same temperature because of their chemical composition. The backbone of a white wine is acidity. The structure of a red comes from its tannins. Dessert wines have different amounts of residual sugar. Sparkling holds carbon dioxide (CO2). All have varying degrees of alcohol. Thus, temperature can mute or accentuate a wine, based on its components.\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s start with optimal temperature ranges.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRed and Fortified Wine: While times they are a-changin\u2019 common wisdom was once to serve reds at room temperature. But what does that mean? A humid studio at noon in August? No, thank you. Unless you live in a European castle where your boudoir remains chilly year-round, the room temp axiom is outdated.\r\n\r\nRed wine should be in the range of 55\u00b0F\u201365\u00b0F. Lighter-bodied wines with higher acidity, like Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, prefer lower temps. Place it in the refrigerator for 90 minutes. Fuller-bodied, tannic wines like Bordeaux and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste better warmer, so keep them to 45 minutes in the fridge. Red wine that\u2019s too cold tastes dull, but when too warm, it\u2019s flabby and alcoholic. Like Goldilocks, somewhere in between is just right.\r\n\r\nFortified wines like Port and Madeira should be 60\u00b0F\u201365\u00b0F.\r\n\r\nWhite, Ros\u00e9 and Sparkling Wine: Whites need a chill to lift delicate aromas and acidity. However, when they\u2019re too cold, flavors become muted. Like reds, fuller-bodied wines like Chardonnay from Burgundy and California shine between 50\u00b0F and 60\u00b0F. Dessert wines like Sauternes fall into the same range.\r\n\r\nLighter, fruitier wines work best colder, between 45\u00b0F and 50\u00b0F, or two hours in the fridge. Most Italian whites like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc also fall in that range. Wine should rarely be colder than 45\u00b0F, unless they\u2019re porch pounders on a hot day.\r\n\r\nSparklers, however, need to be between 40\u00b0F and 50\u00b0F, as CO2 stays trapped better in colder liquids. Vintage and prestige cuv\u00e9e Champagnes can be served at the top end, due to complexity and weight. Prosecco, or similarly light-bodied fruity sparklers work better at the bottom end.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Chill Wine\r\nAdvance Planning. This rule applies to most everything in life. Stick reds and whites in the fridge and remove them an hour or two before dinner. The ideal temperature for a fridge is between 35\u00b0F and 40\u00b0F. If you\u2019ve got cold spots that always freeze your lettuce, at least they\u2019ll chill your wine a bit faster. Chilling bottles in the door won\u2019t make a difference as far as time, but if you open it frequently, stick bottles further back on a shelf or in the crisper bins.\r\n\r\nThe Freezer. We\u2019ve all done it. Loaded bottles into the icemaker as friends grew ambitious with their consumption, only to forget them and find an icy explosion the next morning. While quality may not diminish at such extreme temperatures, the risk of a mess rises. When the water in wine freezes, it expands and can push the cork out in part or full, or even crack the bottle. This allows the egress of oxygen, which starts the clock on oxidation. If you use the freezer, set a timer for 30 minutes.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Best Way to Chill Wine Quickly. Slip the bottle into an icy salt bath. No, don\u2019t nab grandma\u2019s Epsom salts. The table version will do. Grab a bucket or container, and add salt, water and ice. Ice absorbs heat from the water, which brings the temperature down. The salt brings the freezing point of water below 32\u02daF. Translation: brined ice water can chill ros\u00e9 in 15 minutes or less.\r\n\r\nOther Chilling Methods. If you\u2019re on the go, carry an insulated tote that holds 2\u20134 bottles. For singles, a sleeve kept in the freezer will chill a 750 ml bottle. At home, pour a glass of wine and put it in the fridge. It takes less time to chill than an entire bottle, due to its smaller mass.\r\n\r\nReusable ice cubes are also great to chill a single glass, but once they warm up, you\u2019ll have to freeze them again. Of course, you can also keep enough in the freezer for multiple glasses.\r\n\r\nWhat Not to Do. Unlike a thick frosty mug, a chilled stem glass doesn\u2019t have enough mass or surface area to bring down the temperature of your wine. While ice cubes do chill, they also dilute the taste, which is fine if you\u2019re looking for a spritzer-like experience. Finally, the internet will suggest that you pour wine into a resealable plastic bag and drop it into ice water. It will reach 50\u00b0F in about 2 minutes, but we\u2019re getting a bit desperate now, no?