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“Hey Karen, I am currently moving into a new home. The area devoted to wine storage has fluorescent lighting in it. Will this damage my wine? Should I consider replacing the lighting?” Quinn N. (Lancaster, PA)

Very good question Quinn. Certain types of light can definitely affect aging and long-term wine quality. Ultraviolet light can damage wine overtime breaking down certain molecular structures causing wines to age prematurely. A wine damaged by light is said to be “lightstruck,” and it will taste dull and flat. To avoid light-strike, most red wines are bottled in darker brown or green glass. Red wines of course are generally aged longer than white and rosé wines and therefore need protection from UV exposure. LED lighting is best for wine storage areas since LED lights emit very low levels of light and radiation in comparison to other types of light.                                                                          —Karen

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