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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.




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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I have a few bottles of wine that were autographed by celebrities, and I was wondering what is the proper way to store them for a long time without the ink fading and coming off? I do have a wine cooler at my house to keep the wine at a nice temperature.

—Henrique V., Orlando, Fla.

Dear Henrique,

There are two things that good wine storage and good autograph preservation have in common: they both last longer when they're kept away from light and heat, which can fade ink and vino alike. But while wines are best stored in humid conditions so that the corks don't dry out (possibly letting air into the bottle and prematurely aging it), autographs do better in very dry conditions. If you're interested in long-term storage, you might have to choose between optimal wine preservation and optimal autograph preservation.

—Dr. Vinny

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