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Jun 13, 2009 05:03 PM

Basement storage: crate open or closed?

Hi. I just bought a crate of Gewurtztraminer. Am planning to store it in my basement. I'm assuming it's fine in the crate. Does it matter if the lid of the crate is open or shut? Air flow and all that.

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    1. Crate? Is it some sort of special container for wine? Or is it just the original cardboard case the wine came in?

      If the former, it *might* make a difference -- use as directed. If it's the latter, it won't make a difference. How cool/warm is your basement, and how long are you intending to store the wine? (And what Gewurztraminer is it???)

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      1. re: zin1953

        ehhh, pretty sure it's wood, not cardboard. It's Helfrich Alsace Gewurtztraminer Grand Cru 2005. I dunno how long I plan on storing it. Never intentionally stored wine before. Usually just drink it right away.

        1. re: Smellchipper

          The Steinklotz? I wouldn't age it.

          And regarding storage, the humid conditions in cellars means cardboard is a no-no for long term storage, as it will just encourage mould; not something you want.

          1. re: Steve_K

            yah, the Steinklotz, that's it. Now, why wouldn't I age it? Has it already been aged and that's why it's making an appearance 4 years later?