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Collecting Q&A: Should I Buy a Wine Cooler?

Peter D. Meltzer
Posted: August 30, 2007

Q: I live in California and have some wine in a wine rack, not in a cooler. This is my drinking wine and it's normally consumed within the year. Since in the summer it gets pretty hot, would it be better for the wine in my refrigerator, or just let it sit in the rack?

A: What kind of wine are we talking about? If you are just storing decent quality everyday wine in your wine rack, it's unlikely that your bottles will suffer unduly. A refrigerator is not the ideal facility for prolonged wine storage because the relative humidity is too low. However, I would suggest you invest in a small temperature and humidity-controlled wine storage cabinet, which range from about $150 for a 16-bottle unit to approximately $400 for a 50-bottle unit. That way, if you decide to acquire some vintage classics, you'll be protected.

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