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- VouvrayHead - 01-18-2006 12:51 AM

Hi, <BR>I'm fairly new to all this oenophelia and recently purchased a 30 bottle kenwood wine cellar/fridge.<BR>2 questions:<BR>I have thermometer/humidity readers at the top and bottom... there's about a 9 degree differential. Is 60 at the top (red) and 51 at the bottom (white---&gt;bubbly) about as good as i can get? and are these marks going to work for me? I do have some bottles I'll want to be hanging on to for some time (a nice chataneuf and couple of burgs at the top, and an '01 Suduiraut Sauternes and 96 Dom the bottom)<P>Also, the humidity is around 40%. i know 60% is better, but is 40 adequate? should i try adding a water tray at the bottom and making sure it stays full?<P>Any opinions are appreciated.<P>Thanks!

- tw - 01-18-2006 09:42 AM

For those bottles you want to age 55 is a little more the temp you want. Given the temps you have there I might be inclined to leave the agers in the middle somewhere. Yes 40% humidity is ok but if you can get it a little higher that would be better, but your wines should be fine as is. Good luck with the new purchase and welcome to the board.<P>Chris

- VouvrayHead - 01-18-2006 02:08 PM

Thanks,<BR>i'll put the bottles i want to hang on to for the longest time in the middle and the others on top or bottom...<BR>Would the Dom be better off at the bottom (51)?<BR>

- tw - 01-18-2006 02:39 PM

Actually white and red alike age at the same temperature, so I'd stick it somewhere in the middle. You will need to chill it when you want to drink it of course.<P>Chris

- winoweenie - 01-21-2006 07:18 AM

Actually VH the bubbly would fare better in the coldest part of the storage. I keep mine on the bottom diamonds to retard ageing. WW

- VouvrayHead - 01-21-2006 08:46 AM

that's kinda what I thought...<BR>thank you both.