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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I have a temperature-controlled (55° F) wine closet which needs reorganization. I’d like to empty the whole room out (about 500 bottles), reorganize it, and then restock it. This will involve the 500 wine bottles being in my 70° F house for maybe a day or so. Is this temperature change and length of time acceptable? Or am I risking fouling my entire collection?
—John M., Austin, Texas
I think your wines will be just fine.
The biggest concern would be to make sure the bottles stay out of the sun, or aren’t sitting next to a heating vent or anything that would make them hotter than room temperature. Gradual, non-extreme temperature changes are OK, especially if they don’t occur frequently. It’s the more extreme, sitting-in-the-trunk-of-your-car-on-a-hot-day or forgot-I-left-it-in-the-freezer scenarios you truly have to worry about.
You might also consider avoiding any extreme vibrations—no running the vacuum or installing a trampoline next to the bottles until they are back in your wine storage.
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