2005_06_askredwine.jpgSince, like most commoners in our fair city, I don't live in a climate-controlled apartment, how would you recommend storing open red wine? Room temperature can rise to the 80's on hot days, and I don't think it's that much cooler inside a closet. Can I keep it in the fridge and bring it to room temperature when I'm ready to pour a glass? On a related note, are there any reds that are acceptable to drink chilled?

Not only should most reds be served at a temperature around 60 to 65 degrees, they should be stored in a climate-controlled environment of about 55 degrees, with low about 70% humidity, and the bottles should be stored on their sides to keep the corks moist. What, you don't have a wine cellar in your studio apartment? Neither do we. But what we do have is a great little - and honestly, it is little and we were able to fit it into our tiniest of kitchens - wine refrigerator. There are plenty of reasonably priced, smaller models that will allow you to store your wine with the proper temp, humidity level, and position - they even have settings for red wine vs. white. And yes, you can find red wines that can be served slightly chilled, such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir.

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