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You're doomed, mmethan. Doomed! What was once a $20 and 2 hour a week interest will consume your discretionary income and waking hours (and previously non-waking hours Eek) as you scour the internet and local wine shops for your next “must have” wine. Anything for your next fix! And don’t bother to run. Resistance is futile, and all of that. Smile

As for your question, conventional wisdom on proper long-term storage for wines seems to be 55 deg. F (within say 51 to 59 being quite acceptable) and 70% humidity (again, within 50% to 85% being acceptable – too high and you risk mold growth). But I’m thinking that you don’t need to worry about long-term storage conditions…yet. If you’re buying wines to be consumed within the next couple of years, a cool interior closet (interior, to reduce the daily temperature swings) is all you really need. Unless you live in Texas, or a similarly wine inhospitably-hot location (as I’ve learned recently) where indoor locations will get too hot (say, above 80-85 deg F) during the summer.

Most likely, you want to ignore wine fridges for the moment and save your budget for tasting a wide variety of wines as you start to determine your preferences. The world of wine is vast, and not everyone likes everything. And it’s not too early to start working on your rationalizations (to your significant other and to yourself) on what you’re spending on wine!
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