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Will storing my wine with paper wreck my bottles?

Peter D. Meltzer
Posted: March 9, 2011

Q: I have a 200-bottle refrigerated unit and keep the temperature at 57 °F. I have recently begun to print wine reviews for some of my nicer bottles on sheets of paper and keep them in the unit under the bottle so I can reference at some point in the future. Could this potentially cause issues with the paper collecting some of the humidity in my cellar and negatively impacting my wine? —Brian, Littleton, Mass.

A: I don't see the issue of the paper negatively impacting on your wine. Over time, however, I see the humidity in your wine cabinet may impact on your paper which will get damp because of the moisture, possibly causing the ink to bleed. Maybe there is a spot nearby where you can store the reviews for easy access. Alternatively, maybe you could store the material on your computer, smart phone or iPad. WineSpectator.com members can use the Personal Wine List feature, which lets you store tasting notes from your favorite bottles.

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