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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I recently placed several bottles of white wine in the fridge to prepare for a dinner party. I seem to have overestimated how much I would need. I know the fridge isn't the best place to store wine for the long term. How long is safe in there? Is it safe to simply remove it and put it in my wine fridge at 55 degrees F?

—Tito F., Boston

Dear Tito,

Your wine is fine for now, whether you decide to relocate it to your wine fridge or if you leave it where it is for the short term. How long is it safe in the kitchen fridge? It's hard to say exactly, but after a few weeks or months, the cork will start to dry out (food refrigerators are very dry places), and that's when your wine begins to run the risk of letting oxygen in the bottle. Beware also of putting your wine on the top shelf of your refrigerator if the freezer unit is just above it—these top shelves are often subject to more temperature fluctuation, as the freezer air is what cools down the refrigerated section.

—Dr. Vinny

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