We’ve found that best way to relax after a stressful workday is a hot bath. So many people use this fun activity as a stress reliever that entire industries rely on people buying bath bombs, salts, and bubbles! Lucky for you, these things aren’t the only ingredients to a good bath though.
We’re strongly biased to think that wine is the solution to almost anything. We have definitely enjoyed wine during a bath on more than one occasion. Today we are going to talk about selecting the right wine to sip until you’re all pruny.
Red, White or Rosé?
It’s really up to you. There are articles out there that focus on pairing bath salts (the bath kind, not the zombie kind) and wine.
Personally, we prefer wine that doesn’t need to be kept chilled. The bath’s temperature and humidity can warm the wine too quickly for it to be of an optimal temperature while drinking leisurely.
On the other hand, selecting a refreshing white or rosé might be the right choice if you tend to get overly warm during your baths. A chilled wine with refreshing acidity can get anyone feeling fresh.
Don’t Forget the Nose
Remember that smell is a major component of wine, and foreign smells will affect the taste of the wine. When selecting your bubble bath or bath bomb, pick one that is unscented. This will keep the smell from interfering with the taste of the wine.
If unscented options are unavailable to you, try selecting a scent that will compliment the flavours in the wine that you’ve selected. If you’ve already got the bath products, select something from your wine rack or cellar that matches as best as possible. Don’t worry, we aren’t judging you. Go ahead and drink a fine champagne from a plastic cup. Just know that it might taste a little better in the right glass.
WineBlots Top Bathtime Wine Picks:
Merlot is best served at 16 degrees Celsius. Since the wine is served at room temperature, the risk of increasing the wine temperature to an undrinkable level is low. The wine itself is on the drier side, often with plum, cherry, and chocolate notes. What else can be more relaxing than wine AND tastes of chocolate?
Our pick: Calamus Estate Winery 2012 Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine that best served around 18 degrees Celsius. The dark fruit flavours of this wine complement a bad mood well, and have been proven to turn frowns upside down.
One of California’s most popular varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon is no stranger to the heat. While you’ll want to avoid sinking the glass into your warm bath, it can take a little heat. If you’re a big fan of full bodied wines, watch out for anything too tannic or high in alcohol, as these elements of wine can be sensitive at times.
Chardonnay is best served between 8 and 11 degrees Celsius, making it refreshing without risking the temperature of the wine rising too much and making it undrinkable. The flavour of Chardonnay can vary greatly between vineyards, and there is always plenty of selection to go around.
Chardonnay is inoffensive and easy to drink. Nobody wants to be thinking too much while they’re sipping away in the tub. Since the flavours in many Chardonnays are light and not too intense, drinking “imperfect” Chardonnay is easier than other varieties.
While this variety is kept chilled, we’ve found that Chardonnay holds its own well at varying temperatures. This is probably why you see Chardonnay often at weddings and events.
Avoid oaked Chardonnays in the bath, as oak flavours are more sensitive to temperature and can taste off as your wine gets warmer.
Our pick: Vineland Estates 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay
How do You Un-wine-d?
That wasn’t our best joke. If you have better wine unwinding jokes, we’re all ears. We’d also love to know what wines you enjoy drinking after a long day, or in the bath! At the end of the day, follow your tastebuds and drink something that will make you feel as happy and relaxed as a bubble bath does, because that’s what it’s all about.