From time to time, I like to go down into my old basement cellar just to stare at my collection of wines, perhaps just to watch them age a bit! I suppose you could call it one of life's cheaper pleasures (i.e., the staring, not the acquisitions). At any rate and subsequent to a two-week absence of not having done so, I decided to "commune" with my precious bottles this eve. After a minute or so of low light adjustment for my aging eyes, I was startled to find a pair of shiny black eyes staring right back at me!
Ah, so Mr. Mouse has come to pay my cellar a visit! For whatever reason, I've never been able to summon much enmity for a creature as visually endearing as a mouse. Thus I was pleased that he hung around for a few minutes, affording me the opportunity to observe wildlife in my own home (yeah, right!)!
Upon his departure, I did a quick inspection of bottles and found that he'd chewed a quarter-inch hole through the aluminum capsule of a recently-acquired 2004 Schmitt-Wagner Riesling Kabinett. A note to David B.: The little beast took only one small bite out of the cork (TCA, perhaps?).
Notwithstanding my ambivalence for keeping this type of company in my cellar, could anyone give me an idea whether this capsule chewing business might develop into a serious problem?