Log In / Join Now

Ask Dr. Vinny

Do you have a question for Dr. Vinny? Ask it here...

Dear Dr. Vinny,

I recently moved into a new place and my newly purchased wines seem distorted. As a former wine consultant, I have tasted all of these wines in question. Last night I opened a top-notch Rhône and Burgundy, and both bottles just seemed off—this has been the case with several more bottles, all purchased nearly a month ago. The only thing I can think of is there is a nightlight about 2 feet from my wine rack. Could it be the culprit, or is my new place cursed?

—William, Baton Rouge, La.

Dear William,

I really doubt that a nightlight could be causing so much trouble, but maybe it's creating some bad wine feng shui and you should move it anyway. Yep, I just invented the concept of "wine feng shui."

Some aged or otherwise delicate wines may suffer from "bottle shock" right after they've been moved, but that usually settles in just a few days—nearly a month seems way too long for that.

You didn't mention how the wine is being stored now. I don't know much about Baton Rouge, except that the people are really nice, and the weather outside is horrible for wine storage. Do your best to keep your wine safe from heat, temperature fluctuations, vibration, low humidity, thirsty neighbors and direct light. Cursed or not, that's about all anyone can do.

—Dr. Vinny

Wine Basics

We break down the basics—how to taste, serve, store and more. Plus:
» Maps of major wine regions
» Grape variety characteristics

How-to Videos

Learn to taste wine like a pro, pull a cork with flair, get great wine service in a restaurant and more

Wine Spectator School: All courses are FREE for WineSpectator.com Members

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.

Browse our course catalog
Check out the professional wine sales and service courses
Learn Wine Forum: Got questions? Get answers

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.