French Connoisseurs Just Tasted the Bordeaux Wine That Spent a Year in Space: ‘Beautiful!’

Bottles of wines recently brought back from the International Space Station were finally opened and drank—several of them—for research purposes.

Having drifted 273 miles above the surface of the Earth for a year, a dozen bottles of Petrus Pomerol, as well as 320 snippets of grape vines, were brought back down as part of an experiment to study the changes in plants within environments of minimal gravity, light, and moisture.

Having the honor of uncorking and sharing a glass of wine at the Institute for Wine and Vine Research in Bordeaux is a lovely thing, but the special space wine tasting was something so unique as to invoke tears among the organizers and tasters.

The program is not just an exercise in excess, but an…

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