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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What's the difference between a wine cellar and a wine cooler?
—David, New York
The way these terms are most often used, a wine cellar is a cabinet or an entire room that stores wine in optimal conditions: a consistent temperature (about 55° F) good for long-term aging, with humidity control and some way to keep the wine away from light and vibration. Coolers are designed only to maintain a consistent temperature—often just a consistent serving rather than storage temperature.
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