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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Will using a riddling rack to hold wine (red and white) expose the wine to too much light in a typical kitchen?

—Valerie, United States

Dear Valerie,

A little indirect light shouldn’t hurt, but if the bottles are going to be sitting directly in the sunlight at any point of the day, then I’d recommend finding another spot.

Ideally, your wine storage would keep your wines cool, and away from light, heat, vibration and temperature fluctuation. How far you want to go with protecting your wines depends on your budget, the size of your wine collection, and how long you’re storing your wines.

For years, I kept the wines I was cellaring for a long time in a corner of my closet, but I had some everyday drinking wines on display in my kitchen and a bottle of bubbly in the fridge, because you never know. These days, my wine budget has grown significantly, so I keep all my wines in temperature-controlled storage. But I still keep a bottle of bubbly in the fridge, because you never know.

—Dr. Vinny


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