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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I received a very, very expensive bottle of 2000 Bordeaux as a Christmas gift. I've checked out reviews of the wine and it looks like I really need to keep it in the cellar till at least 2010. A few days ago I, by mistake, cut the foil from the bottle. We were entertaining and I hurriedly grabbed what I thought was another bottle to open and take upstairs. Fortunately, I realized my mistake before removing the cork. Do I need to be worried/do anything about the missing foil?
—Leah, Whitefish, Mont.
Your wine should be fine, unless you have mice in your cellar with a predilection for Haut Brion. Wine capsules really don't serve any purpose, except to dress up a bottle and keep the cork safe from nibbling visitors. If you were thinking of selling the bottle, "damage" to its original packaging would reduce its value, but if you're going to drink the wine yourself, this won't be an issue.
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