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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I live in an apartment that lacks a cool space for my wine racks. Just how bad is it to store wine at room temperature—especially if I intend to drink it within, say, two years?

—Nate O., St. Peter, Minn.

Dear Nate,

For the short term, it's not necessary to fret (much) about storage conditions. Do your best to keep the wines away from light, heat, vibration and—most importantly—temperature fluctuation. For most people, this could mean a corner of a closet. Climate-controlled cellars are for those who can afford them, and for wines that will be stored for many years.

—Dr. Vinny

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