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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I am going to buy a wine cooler/cabinet. But why is it that all wine coolers have glass doors? Looking at the general storage advice to avoid direct sunlight, that doesn’t make much sense. Most manufacturers state that the glass is UV protective, but still direct sunlight should affect the temperature in the cooler. The reason for getting the cooler is because I don’t have a suitable cold, dark place for my wine. So is the cooler the right choice?

—Mads J., Esberg, Denmark

Dear Mads,

Yes, I think it is. I understand what you’re saying, but as long as you’re not putting the cooler right in front of a window, you should be OK. That UV protective stuff really does work. Also, think of it this way: if you can see inside your cooler with the door closed, you’ll spend less time standing there with the door open while you’re looking for the bottle you want. I also believe most people enjoy walking by their cooler and seeing their wine in there (and like other people to walk by and see their wine in there).

—Dr. Vinny


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