Basement storage: crate open or closed?
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???)