Is 68° F too warm for my wine cellar?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

The cooling unit in my temperature-controlled cellar broke down, and the replacement won't arrive for two to three months! Until then, the cellar seems to be holding steady at 68° F. Is my wine in danger?

—Joe P., Calgary

Dear Joe,

I think your wines should be OK for the short term, but if you have some very special fragile or expensive bottles, you might want to consider storing them in a friend’s cellar or renting a space at a wine-storage facility.

Wine should ideally be stored in a consistently cool (about 55° F), dark place, free of vibration—that's the environment that will offer your wines their greatest aging potential. Keep an eye on the temperature until your new cooling unit arrives, but a few months at 68° F should be no problem at all; if you notice the temp creeping up toward the 80s, however, you might want to sweat it.

—Dr. Vinny

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