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Feb 25, 2009 05:23 PM

Wine storage

I have a small 50 bottle wine cooler and recently i've filled it. I just acquired 5 more bottles with no room in my red section. Will it hurt the reds to store them at about 48-50 degrees for a few months till I either drink some of my older bottles or buy more storage.


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  1. No. You could store them for years at 48-50ºF.

    3 Replies
    1. re: carswell

      Congratulations on your new Jurassic avatar!

      1. re: RicRios

        sorry i had the temp wrong the range of the white area is 46-50 it has a larger fluctuation then the red area.

        1. re: Ben7643

          "for a few months" is the keyword here.

      2. I have a problem with storage. We generally have anywhere from 1 to 4 cases on hand and have recently moved to a home with no basement. I'm looking for some ideas about storing the wines (we're not buying for long term storage). Currently they're either in a closet or under the counter (holds about 8-10 bottles). I don't want to spend a lot and we don't have a lot of room for a big unit. Most of our purchases - 95% - are red. Ideas?

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        1. re: bucksguy14

          - Get a room air-conditioner, store the wines in the room and don't ever let the temperature go above 75-80ºF.

          - Make room for them in your regular fridge.

          - Reduce your stock to 2-3 cases and buy a cheap wine fridge.

          - Dig a root cellar.

          1. re: carswell

            More expensive: Spend 2-3K and buy a nice wine storage unit for your garage (like me).

        2. Keep checking craigslist and buy a 400 bottle cellar like I did for $650