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Meteorite Wine Unveiled In Chile By British Astronomer Ian Hutcheon

Worlds First Meteorite Wine

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/24/2012 6:01 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 9:52 am

Astronomy buffs with a passion for wine, refresh your palates. This is certainly one bottle of red wine you haven't tasted.

Aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the world's first meteorite infused wine was created by a British winemaker and astronomer, The Drinks Business reports.

Dubbed Meteorito, Ian Hutcheon concocted the cosmic Cabernet Sauvignon from his very own mountain vineyard in the Cachapoal Valley, Chile, according to a report by Forbes.

After the grapes were picked, the fruit fermented for 25 days before undergoing a year-long malolactic fermentation that allowed the meteorite to marinate in the wine.

The wine was later blended with another Cabernet Sauvignon.

"The idea behind submerging it in wine was to give everybody the opportunity to touch something from space," Hutchinson told The Drinks Business. "When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system."

Borrowed from an American collector, this particular meteorite crashed at the Atacama Desert about 6,000 years ago, according to Discovery News.

The one-of-a-kind vino is only available at his observatory, Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua in Chile, but Hutcheon has plans to export the unique blend.

Though this galactic vino is certainly impressive, it's not the only drink with an outer space twist. In 2008, an Australian brewing company launched a beer made from ingredients grown in space.

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