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Wine storage temperature


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Hi, I’ve got a collection of decently fine wine, and my storage room/cellar will get up to 68 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. it drops down to 60-64@night after hot days, and will stay around just 60 during the summer on average as long as it does not get too hot.

my question is if this will be a problem, since the temp only rises for a short time, I think the bottles stay around 60degrees?

any advice or experience?

thanks for your time.

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This is a math problem with a lot of variables.

 

You could get a recording thermometer and tape it to a bottle and see whats going on.

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Or better yet, fill an empty wine bottle with water, put that recording temp probe in through the cork and put the bottle on the shelves or racks with the rest of your wines. 

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Everything I’ve been told or read over many years associated with wine says that consistency is more critical than a short variation of only 8 degrees. That said, 60° is a bit higher than optimal (generally in the mid-50s) but if it’s consistent you should be OK. If, as you say, the bottles stay at 60° I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Light and humidity are associated issues you should look into if you’re not fully aware.

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On 5/27/2022 at 12:11 PM, Midlife said:

Light and humidity are associated issues you should look into if you’re not fully aware.

 

What's the humidity issue? The possibility of corks drying out?

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On 5/26/2022 at 2:23 PM, georgeabshire said:

Hi, I’ve got a collection of decently fine wine, and my storage room/cellar will get up to 68 degrees Fahrenheit on really hot days. it drops down to 60-64@night after hot days, and will stay around just 60 during the summer on average as long as it does not get too hot.

my question is if this will be a problem, since the temp only rises for a short time, I think the bottles stay around 60degrees?

any advice or experience?

thanks for your time.

 

It sounds to me as if your cellar is just fine. I don't think you're seeing large swings in temperature that will affect your wine.

 

I mean, I store stuff in a closet that is a lot warmer than that, not for decades, but to little ill effect over a year or two or three.

 

If you've got some somewhat valuable stuff that you want to hold onto for a decade or more, then maybe think about a dedicated storage situation.

 

Otherwise, drink up.

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2 hours ago, weinoo said:

Otherwise, drink up

I’ve always thought that wine was best at ~98.6°F/37°C. 

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