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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.

Dear Claudette,

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.

—Dr. Vinny

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