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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Are those 50-bottle wine coolers safe for long-term wine storage? They typically have a temperature adjustment but lack a mechanism to control the humidity level. I have read that refrigerators are too dry for wine storage.
—Paul M., St. Johns, Canada
Hey, it's better than storing wine in your garage. Normal refrigerators are too dry for wine storage, but if your wine cooler isn't designed to provide optimum humidity, just keep the door closed tight and try not to open it too often. If you notice condensation occurring on the bottles, good. If not, run a damp sponge along the inside of the cooler for extra security now and again.
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