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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I can’t keep my apartment at 50 degrees F. Can I store the Champagne in the fridge?

—Robyn H., New York

Dear Robyn,

Depending on how much Champagne you have in your apartment, it might make sense to invest in a sweater and keep it chilly for the bubbly.

If you were to open Dr. Vinny’s refrigerator, you’d find about nine types of mustard and a bottle or two of bubbly in there. I like to keep some ready to pop at any moment, but then, I drink it often. I don’t think a bottle lasts more than a month or two in my refrigerator. (The mustards are another story.)

Refrigerators and wine coolers are not interchangeable. Most importantly, refrigerators are designed to be dry, and for wine that means corks can dry out, causing the wine inside to age prematurely. Your fridge is not the best place for long-time wine storage—you might need the room for your mustard.

—Dr. Vinny


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