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.
Dear Dr. Vinny,
I know sunlight has an adverse affect on wine. How about fluorescent lighting?
—Sandy, Los Angeles
Ultraviolet rays from any light source can prematurely age wines. That's why most wines meant for aging come in colored bottles, to give them some extra protection (and why wines best consumed young are often in clear bottles). It seems that incandescent lights are a bit better than fluorescent lights (which are a bit better than warm sunlight), but for long-term storage, it's best that you don't expose your wines to any constant light.
Do you have a question for Dr. Vinny? Ask it here...
Learn to taste wine like a pro, pull a cork with flair, get great wine service in a restaurant and more
Learn from the experts and get the most out of each sip. Take one of our online courses or take them all—from the ABCs of Tasting to in-depth seminars on Food Pairing, California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Sensory Evaluation and more.
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator magazine is looking for an enthusiastic copy editor in the New York office.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash