If you are unable to incorporate climate control, have a dedicated cellar, or the luxury of digging a cellar under the house, then work out a position for your ‘cellar’. Pick a location that is away from an outside wall. A cupboard sounds ideal but if it’s against a western facing outside wall, you will harm your wines in the first week.
To give yourself the best chance of keeping your wines at a stable temperature, choose a cupboard or a spot under a staircase in the center of the house. Pack them in polystyrene foam fruit boxes if you have to, and wrap each individual bottle in newspaper to help keep a stable temperature. Just do whatever you have to in order to keep the temperature constant.
The temperature more than anything else is the single most important thing you can control to help age your wines properly.
If you are living in an apartment and lack space, the next ideal location is your downstairs garage. Garages are usually fairly cool with a constant temperature. Just make sure the area is secure from other people also collecting wines.
Summary: Find an area with a constant temperature, this is the single most important factor you can control to age your wines properly.
Position, position, position
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