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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I'm leaving town for a month. Is it better to leave a red wine out for that long at room temperature (about 75° F), or should I put it in the refrigerator?
If pressed to choose between a constant, warm temperature and a too-cold and possibly not-humid-enough environment, I’d probably pick the refrigerator. As I’ve explained before, refrigerators are not a good idea for long-term storage, but for short-term storage, they're basically fine. I have a bottle in my own right now that I plan to drink soon.
Heat is a concern because it can cause bottles to leak or the flavors to become cooked, especially with wines sealed under cork. But if this scenario is coming up regularly, you might want to consider investing in even a small wine cooler to protect your wines.
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