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Aug 27, 2009 06:04 PM

how long can my wine be hot til it's ruined????

our wine fridge died almost two months ago and it's getting hotter and hotter here in southern california. it just hasn't been at the top of my to-do list to go and get a new one, so how long can my wine be at room temp - and by room temp i mean 85F- before it's ruined?

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  1. You'll get some different takes on this question but I've always been told that wine dislikes the CHANGES in temp more than the temps themselves (up to a point). Two months at 85 is not doing your wines any good, but you may be all right if they got to that temp gradually and have stayed there without spiking higher. If the temp IS spiking, I'd think being in a standard fridge (at 38 or so) would be better than 90+. There's a reason food is kept in there so it won't spoil. Dependsm of course, on how many bottles.

    You don't mention what you're doing (if anything) to fix the problem. Even some good air circulation (a fan?) would help keep them cooler. Locked in a fridge, depending on where the fridge is, could be like locked in a car trunk................... NOT GOOD. A Las Vegas friend of ours (with a similar problem) found a 60-bottle Amana/Heier unit at Home Goods for $299 earlier this summer. That's about as a good a price as I've veer seen for a unit that size.

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    1. re: Midlife

      >>> Even some good air circulation (a fan?) would help keep them cooler <<<

      Trying to recall long past science lessons, I believe that a fan is only effective in helping us humanoids "feel" cooler and if you leave it on when you aren't in the room it will actually add heat to the space. Anyone versed in thermodynamics out there? ;>P

      1. re: PolarBear

        I'm not an expert on the subject but I don't think the fan in my computer is there for me.

        1. re: Midlife

          The fan in your computer is only one component of a heat sink system, heat from the computer is radiated from the heat sink, the fan blows away the radiating warm air, different principal than just pointing a fan at some wine bottles.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Now, can we get back to helping tastycakes?

            1. re: Midlife

              So providing factual information in order to avoid adding even more heat isn't being helpful?

              1. re: PolarBear

                Interesting how posts can be misinterpreted here. Aha!!! meant that I DO understand the error now that Chino Wayne explained it the way he did. I'm sorry but I didn't get it from your reply.

                Aha! was not intended to be sarcastic or to mimic the guy in the black cape, with the long twirly mustache, who came to collect the rent. It was a sign of understanding. Apologies if it came off any other way. Generally, when I stray from the subject here, in order to correct an answer that might lead someone astray, I try to compose my post in a way that will explain the reason. I may be a little touchy today, but that's how I see this.

                1. re: Midlife

                  The meaning of your "Aha!" and subsequent narrative response was understood and appreciated, and I have long appreciated both your and PolarBear's posts. Let's hope we can all get together and share a few bottles of some really cold Gunderloch Riesling Kabinett Baptiste'07 one day, but it won't be from my Haier wine cooler, doesn't get it cold enough, it will be from the Kitchenaid fridge, which hovers around 34 degrees.

                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    Thanks, CW. Didn't mean to come off as if my ice floe had melted, but given our current climate any room by chance in the bottom of that Kitchenaid for me to curl up?

    2. The cost of losing your wine may justify the purchase of another wine storage system. Costco has good deals on them. If you wait much longer, you'll have a lot of salad vinegar.

      1. It is highly unlikely your wine is ruined, but it is aging much faster
        than if it had been stored properly. So you will need to
        accelerate your drinking schedule. A few wine tasting parties, and your
        problem will be solved easily.