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I have a bottle of Champagne - Moet - that has been in my garage for a year. Temperature has varied throughout the year from summer to winter here in NY.

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Hi Larry,

A year in a garage shouldn't worry you unless it gets very hot in the summer, and even then it should still be fine to drink unless the capsule shows obvious signs of leakage.

I suggest you move it though - perhaps by drinking it (!) - rather than let it go through another cycle of hot and cold, which will drastically shorten its life.

Regards,

David

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