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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I recently moved my collection of 70 bottles from my below-grade basement cellar. I have no place to store the wines in a dedicated cellar. I am living in a desert climate and indoor home temps are 80 degrees. I am temporarily storing the wines in my refrigerator until such time as I can purchase a dedicated chiller. Am I doing the wine any harm by storing them in a refrigerator?
—Steve R., Goodyear, Ariz.
“Harm” is too strong a word, but if you’re a regular fan of Dr. Vinny (and who isn’t?), you know I don’t advocate storing wines long-term in a food refrigerator, which tends to be too cold and too dry. But short-term storage is OK, and if it’s a choice between a refrigerator and an 80-degree home, I think you’re making the right decision. Hopefully you can move the wine into permanent storage within a few months, before the corks start to show signs of drying out.
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