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From Greg Watson: I stumbled across yours and Red Bigots website while surfing the net and have become a big fan. Am a bit of a novice so learning heaps and really enjoying it.
I have a small but growing cellar (60 bottles) and am just starting to buy some more expensive wine which I would like to keep and age. I live in a townhouse and keep my wines in a small room which is effectively under the stairs, it is dark, in the middle of the house and doesn't seem to have much daily temperature variation and pretty good humidity at 65-70%.
However, the temp at the moment is around 19-20c which from what I read is a bit on the hot side. Do you have any tips on how to bring the temperature down without buying air conditioners and wine cabinets ? Would something such as this styrene box help ?
TORB Responds: The biggest danger in storage of wine is not high
temperatures as such, its daily fluctuations. If you intend storing First Growths or Grange for 20 years, or delicate whites
and Pinot you want ideal storage conditions, but if you are buying stuff thatís
less than about $70 a bottle and you will be drinking it under about 8 years of
age, ideal conditions are not critical.
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