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Liza,
Something like a 12 bottle wine cooler/cellar is nice for keeping the wine at a nice drinking temperature and storage temperature for a fair amount of time. For long term storage something that monitors humidity would be ideal. After you open a bottle of wine you can store it anywhere, including the refrigerator or you little cellar. So to answer your question, yes...
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Liza,
Something like a 12 bottle wine cooler/cellar is nice for keeping the wine at a nice drinking temperature and storage temperature for a fair amount of time. For long term storage something that monitors humidity would be ideal. After you open a bottle of wine you can store it anywhere, including the refrigerator or you little cellar. So to answer your question, yes...




Thank you! A friend of mine said NOt to keep red Wines in there, to only keep whites, Blush & maybe fruity wines in there, is THAT true?
Nope, red wines are fine to store in there, won't hurt them a bit. Perhaps your friend is advising you to not store them in there because of the chilling. Usually, red wines are served at or slightly below room temps (depending on the type), while white wines are served at wine cooler/cellar temps (or lower for champagne).

No problem to keep your reds in there (to a point, as khmark7 points out), but take them out early, so they can warm a bit before serving.
I suppose that depends on how cold the thing is.

All wine should be kept at a constant 55 to 60 degrees for long-term storage, but most people prefer to drink reds when they're 65 to 70 degrees.

Whites, on the other hand, are best consumed around 50 degrees, although most people prefer them to be served even cooler, more like 40 degrees. A regular refrigerator is around 37 degrees.

Anyway, I assume the wines are stored lying on their side, which pretty much rules out putting an open bottle back in the unit.
And your friend is pretty much entirely wrong for another reason. If you buy some wine to keep for a few months or even a year, and your house is not kept cool, say in the summertime, your wine may simply be ruined, red or white.

Sometimes you have a wine that survives heating like that, but rarely, and even more rarely without suffering some damage. I can't really think of any wine that would be harmed by being kept cool for many months.

So keep all your wines in there
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Originally posted by GregT:
And your friend is pretty much entirely wrong for another reason. If you buy some wine to keep for a few months or even a year, and your house is not kept cool, say in the summertime, your wine may simply be ruined, red or white.

Sometimes you have a wine that survives heating like that, but rarely, and even more rarely without suffering some damage. I can't really think of any wine that would be harmed by being kept cool for many months.

So keep all your wines in there



Thank You very Much, U Completely Answered all my questions! Big Grin

Liza

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