Came across this Sunday morning in the NY Times in an article about what to do when one's wine collection outgrows the humble wine rack. "Shouldn't we all be so lucky" is the first response, usually followed by "Throw a party!" or similar sentiment. The article delves into various storage options ranging from a wine fridge to a full-blown basement conversion to a wine cellar -- turns out that those ancient, dusty, cobweb-infested cellars you see in the movies are that way for a reason:
Whether you choose a high-tech vault or a low-tech closet, Mr. Kolpan at the Culinary Institute suggested that you spare any spiders that might take residence, because they feed on the mildew that rots corks and can ruin wine. "When it comes to wine storage," he said, "spiders are a very good thing."
Full article here (free NYT reg'n required).