A.Richard M. Gold, author of How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar, responds: A garage, unless it’s underground, is the worst place for a wine storage room, because it experiences great temperature swings. Wine storage requires a temperature of 55°F +/- 5°, with infrequent and gradual temperature changes.

The best place for a wine storage room is in a basement. If the home lacks a basement, the homeowner can buy a self-contained storage chamber, which has a built-in compressor and looks like a piece of furniture. These are available from International Wine Accessories in Dallas (800/527-4072) and the Wine Enthusiast in Pleasantville, N.Y. (800/...

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