I'm new to this site, and to wine in general, and after reading a number of threads about wine storage I have a question:
Is it possible to store wine successfully WITHOUT spending enormous sums of money? The usual advice is to go with a Eurocave, but since their smaller units start at £999 they're far beyond my means. I'm a graduate student, saving money by boarding with my folks until I finish my degree. I have access to a basement in a temperate climate (Pennsylvania). Will a rack in the basement be sufficient? Or should I invest in some sort of cooler? If so, is there a good cooler which isn't as painfully expensive as Eurocave?
I don't have a collection of wines yet, but I would like to begin purchasing some nicer ones to save. I won't be able to afford wines costing hundreds of dollars per bottle; for those I'll wait until I can build a proper cellar or buy a Eurocave. I'm looking for medium-term storage, probably two or three years here, unless there's an inexpensive and semi-portable solution that will carry over to wherever I wind up next.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.