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The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

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Storing Wine

Wines stored in cellars -- which improve with age -- must be kept in darkness at a constant temperature and humidity levels, according to Nick Spidalieri, sommelier with wine wholesaler Horizon Beverage Co.

$428: Whynter 32-Bottle Dual Temperature Zone Wine Cooler WC-321DD -- Home Depot

$120: Store your wine at a wine concierge that keeps wine at 55 degrees and 70 percent humidity (estimate for 10 cases, stored for six months) -- International Wine Vault, Allston-Brighton, Mass.

$172: Private storage for bigger, long-term wine purchases, at $172 (80 cents per bottle for up to 18 cases). Storage for six months -- International Wine Vault, Allston-Brighton, Mass.

Running tally: $5,939