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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I’m moving soon. Unfortunately, I will be living temporarily in an apartment before moving into my new home. We’ll be there for about two or three months. I don’t think there is going to be room for our wine fridge. I have 12 bottles of Vintage Port from various years. What should I do?

—George M., Annapolis, Md.

Dear George,

There are small wine coolers (some even practically counter-top size) that you can find for about $100 for eight or 12 bottles. If that’s not a possibility, you should look into temperature-controlled wine-storage facilities, where you can rent a space. It might be tricky to negotiate a short-term lease, but perhaps you can find someone who will share his or her space with you, especially since you’re just talking about a case of wine. Another idea is to leave your wine in the care of a retailer or restaurateur that might have room in the corner of their cellar.

If none of these are options, at least store your wine in insulated, possibly Styrofoam containers, and keep them in as cool, dark and undisturbed of a place you can until they end up in their new home.

—Dr. Vinny


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