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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I just bought my first dual wine cooler. What temperatures are best to set it at for the “white” side and the “red” side?
—Patti, Henderson, Nevada
How someone uses a dual-zone wine cooler should depend on their drinking habits. But I would reserve at least one of the zones for long-term storage, at a standard 55° F. Keep in mind that that is the standard long-term storage guideline for both red and white wines. Luckily, I also find that 55° is pretty close to where I like to drink my red wines—I just need to pull a bottle out about 30 minutes ahead of time to get to my ideal, 60°-ish zone.
Most other folks—including me—would keep the other zone set for the serving temperature of white or sparkling wines, somewhere between 40° and 50° F (on the cooler side if you drink more bubbly than whites).
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