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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I enjoyed your article “Cellaring Basics 101.” I live in Las Vegas where the humidity is low, and I am concerned with the lack of humidity in my cellar. After speaking with a friend who is a well-known Master Sommelier, I have placed a large bowl of water in the bottom of my cellar. That is something you have also recommended. I don’t think that is sufficient.
You mentioned using desktop humidifiers. I have inquired about them at several major wine stores and was unsuccessful in my search. Can you direct me where I can acquire one?
—Richard O., Las Vegas
Sure. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “desktop humidifier,” and you should find several options. I’m looking at a basic one right now for less than $30, but there’s one about twice that price that doesn’t need a filter and looks like it may be quieter.
If you’re not a fan of Internet shopping, I’d recommend checking a retail store that sells small appliances. Since these humidifiers aren’t designed specifically for wine cellars, I’m not surprised you couldn’t find any in a specialty wine shop.
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