Do you have a question for Dr. Vinny? Ask it here...
Dear Dr. Vinny,
We bought a home with a wine room that has an iron gate, and we want to put in a cooling unit. Will we have to install a door where the gate is to insulate the room?
—Claudette, Scottsdale, Az.
Those iron gates add some charm to a wine cellar, and I understand why you’d want to keep yours—they are evocative of actual underground cellars and are a stylish way to show off your wine collection. But cellaring wine demands function over form. If you’re going to install a temperature-controlled system, then you’ll need to insulate that room with a solid door. If you're attached to the iron gate, perhaps you could find someone to attach it to a solid wood door. Glass doors are also a nice option, as you can still view your collection while the door is closed, but if you view your wine as more than a just a decoration, it’s time to add more climate security than an iron gate alone can provide.
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.