Hi, relatively new collector here in need of some help and wisdom. I had a dinner party last night and it seems at the end of the night the door to my 194-bottle Wine Cell'r was accidentally left slightly ajar. I discovered the problem first thing in the morning. I keep the fridge set to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. It seems the compressor was running all night which resulted bottles near the vents dropping to 47-48 degrees and others warming up to 59-60 degrees. Have I ruined or damaged my wines? A lot of them are new purchases I am hoping to lay down for a long time. Thanks for any help and (hopefully reassurance).
While certainly not optimal, what happened will only damage your electric bill.
Thanks, I got scared because everything I have ever read on wine storage has said that rapid temperature variations are bad. The temperature has normalized now. I've noticed that some corks are not perfectly seated (ie. level with the mouth rim or extruding 1mm, rather than depressed lower than the mouth rim), but I have no recollection if those preexisted the incident or not. It is common for there to be variation in the seating of corks though right? I pulled the capsules on a couple bottles here and there and there are no signs of seepage. At worst, a couple of bottles show small amounts of wine up the side of the corks.
Rapid temperature variations are more of a concern if they happen regularly right? I would assume that similar variations happen occasionally when shipping the wine from producer to distributor to the end retailer, sitting on the store shelf, or when a collector moves their collection?
You're totally fine. Worry not.