Don’t site your cellar against an exterior wall if you can avoid it. Unless you have terrific insulation the walls will absorb and transmit heat. Remember that heat rises, so the lower the location in your house, the better for the wines.
Don’t site your cellar near the washer or dryer or where you use power tools. The vibrations will prematurely age your wines.
Don’t store wines near windows. The light will eventually cause them to oxidize and taste pruney (reds) or sherry-like (whites).
Don’t store wines where there is a lot of human traffic, such as in a corridor or along a kitchen wall. The wines will be constantly vibrating and exposed to light sources.
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