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Hi there!

I'm very new to wine collecting/storing and just need a pointer. I will keep this short and sweet.

I have started storing some for consumption within 3-4 years from when I buy them. So I bought a new wine fridge/cooler (LINK TO UNIT) which I place some good wines I've bought and can definitely age according to the wine estates I bought them from.

I know that temperature fluctuates within the wine cooler and the difference between the top and bottom of the wine cooler is about 6 degrees Celsius. Which is fine because I store the reds from midway to the top where the temperature is between 14-16 degrees and the bottom are the whites which is about 10 degree celsius. I've used 2 independent thermometers to test the temperatures.

What I want to know is, I put thermometers in an emptied bottle of wine which I have placed water so I can track the actual LIQUID temperature in the bottle. I put the bottle in the middle of the fridge.

So the temperature is averaging around 14.7 degrees celsius, but it does fluctuate throughout the day. The fluctuation is between 14.5 and 15.0 degrees. So that's about 1 Fahrenheit shift. This happens as the wine fridge cools and warms up, cools and warms up, etc etc.  It will go from 14.5 to 15.0 then back to 14.5 again in about a span of 90 minutes for the entire day. So about 10 times a day it would fluctuate from 14.5 to 15.0.

Hope I have explained it properly. Please see attached graph from my thermometer and fridge

So my question is, is this fine and will my wine be ok with these fluctuations that happen everyday ? Bear in mind that I will drink these wines within 3-4 years definitely, its not for 5+ years of cellaring.

Thank you!




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  • IMG_D099F44E77ED-1: LIQUID temperature in my fridge.
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Last edited by RaymondRSA
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My cellar stays at between 10 and 13 degrees year round and that has worked out perfectly over the past 25 years of my own wine storage. Most of my wine is stored there for 4 to 10 years depending on the wine and the vintage when it is purchased.

My whites I stand for 3-5 years and my reds for 3-10 years. This is when it pays to shop as a stores are now selling vintages from 2016 to 2020 of the current winery releases and I would not buy anything newer than 2018 at this point in time. Too many options and great wines currently available to go with young wines.

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