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Forget Space Beer, Order Meteorite Wine Instead

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the it-has-a-subtle,-cloying-grit-to-it dept.

Space 77

astroengine writes "Chances are, when you pop open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, you expect to savor certain aromatic flavors, or 'notes,' depending on the wine: fruit forward, perhaps, with hints of pepper and leathery tannins, and just the faintest whiff of... meteorite??? At least that's what you'd savor if you were drinking a bottle of Meteorite, possibly the very first wine on the market aged with a meteorite that fell to Earth from space. It's the brainchild of Ian Hutcheon, an Englishman now working in Chile, who thinks the infusion of a bit of meteorite gives his wine a 'livelier taste.'"

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What a snobbish way (4, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729416)

To get stoned.

Re:What a snobbish way (4, Funny)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729446)

Careful, the politics of this are rocky.

Re:What a snobbish way (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730066)

Yes, we have to be sure not to take such things for granite.

Re:What a snobbish way (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730858)

Iron therefore I drink.

Re:What a snobbish way (1)

axlr8or (889713) | more than 2 years ago | (#38734176)

Oh come on, the implications of this are positively metamorphic.

Re:What a snobbish way (2)

dubyrunning (1359729) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730310)

Wine on the rocks? It's much better neat.

Re:What a snobbish way (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 2 years ago | (#38732588)

To get stoned.

I'm holding out for Cometary Crack...

Re:What a snobbish way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38736838)

To get stoned.

I'm holding out for Cometary Crack...

Messier Meth, baby. Messier Meth.

"Livelier taste" (4, Funny)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729464)

Hell of a slogan to introduce the coming zombie apocalypse.

winemaking gimmickry (3)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729468)

It's official: oenology has veered off into gimmicky homeopathy.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (5, Funny)

gazbo (517111) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729896)

Then I suggest you dont' (do) read this: http://www.amicistours.com/wineswirling.html [amicistours.com]

Re:winemaking gimmickry (4, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730360)

If a liquid is so self aware as to be putting out different aromas based on a direction of flow, I don't think I want to be putting that in my stomach to die a horrible acidic death.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (1)

Fned (43219) | more than 2 years ago | (#38732858)

Well, yeah, that's why you spit it out after tasting.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (3, Funny)

JaneTheIgnorantSlut (1265300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730840)

After reading that link, I now know where to sell my new and improved audio cables.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (2)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38733982)

I think the entire Wine community needs to be introduced to a double blind study.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (4, Funny)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730322)

It's official: oenology has veered off into gimmicky homeopathy.

Enology has always been gimmicky homeopathy; it's only fairly recently (last 40-50 years out of a history >2000 years long) that it has been anything but gimmicky homeopathy.

That said, It would be nice if they mentioned what kind of meteorite it is. I mean, I can see a nice iron-nickel meteorite bringing out the grapes' natural terroir of the clean, arid Chilean hills where they grow in the shadow (??) of the great Atacama desert. The complex and subtle mineral flavors imbued by a chondritic meteorite would obviously clash with the natural simplicity of the South American wine, and would be more appropriate for something grown in Napa or Bordeaux (no critique is complete without some form of inter-continental snobbery).

Personally I'd grind up the meteorite and scatter it across the field so I could make up some even better BS about the alien notes introduced by the extra-terrestrial terroir (I like terroir) of the meteorite-imbued (imbue is good, too) soil. I could also produce way more meteorite wine that way than how they are doing it. Amateurs.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731544)

I mean, I can see a nice iron-nickel meteorite bringing out the grapes' natural terroir of the clean, arid Chilean hills where they grow in the shadow (??) of the great Atacama desert. The complex and subtle mineral flavors imbued by a chondritic meteorite would obviously clash with the natural simplicity of the South American wine, and would be more appropriate for something grown in Napa or Bordeaux (no critique is complete without some form of inter-continental snobbery).

I disagree. I think it depends on where the meteorite comes from. One particular meteorite might bring out the complex and subtle flavors from the moons of Alpha Centauri B, while a different meteorite might bring out the bold flavors of the mountains of 40 Eridani C.

Re:winemaking gimmickry (1)

MattLees (1127603) | more than 2 years ago | (#38736050)

It could be worse it could have come from Uranus.

Does no-one watch movies? (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729494)

Seriously, when the Zombie Apocalypse starts it will be exactly through doing something like putting alien soil into a beverage...

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (2)

Lashat (1041424) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729712)

Or..

It will give the drinkers immunity to the bites.

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (3, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729744)

Or maybe not, but we'll finally answer the age-old question of whether human brain goes better with a red or a white whine.

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730776)

Or maybe not, but we'll finally answer the age-old question of whether human brain goes better with a red or a white whine.

Judging by the lack of intelligence or taste of zombies I would guess a cheap mass-marketed beer. On the other hand, Livers, as we know, are best pared with fava beans and a nice chianti.

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731466)

I have it on good authority that long pork goes well with fava beans and a nice chianti.

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#38741258)

Well, since the liver goes well with a nice chianti, it would be fair to try a riesling or sauvignon blanc with brains.

Re:Does no-one watch movies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730440)

Seriously, when the Zombie Apocalypse starts it will be exactly through doing something like putting alien soil into a beverage...

And all this time I thought it was going to be from someone using worstershire sauce as an embalming fluid.

If anyone orders Meteorite... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729496)

...I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Meteorite!

Cave Johnson (5, Funny)

ticker47 (954580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729502)

I think I'll pass....we all know what happened to Cave Johnson.

Obligatory XKCD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729504)

Re:Obligatory XKCD (2)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729736)

FYI Obligatory doesn't mean "pick a random XKCD strip".

Re:Obligatory XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729858)

FYI Obligatory doesn't mean "pick a random XKCD strip".

People who read XKCD aren't the brightest in the first place.

Re:Obligatory XKCD (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730762)

People who dont read XKCD aren't the brightest either.

Re:Obligatory XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730462)

At least pick a tangentially relevant one.

http://xkcd.com/915/ [xkcd.com]

Ah, Iridium (2)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729506)

Sweetest of the transition metals.

Re:Ah, Iridium (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729824)

way to misquote sealab 2021

Re:Ah, Iridium (1)

parens (632808) | more than 2 years ago | (#38738082)

Beryllium is actually the sweetest transition metal.

Re:Ah, Iridium (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 2 years ago | (#38741270)

You want sweet?
The Romans actually did put lead acetate in their wine to sweeten it.
I wouldn't recommend it.

No Thanks (2)

hagrin (896731) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729522)

I'll stick to my pan galactic gargle blasters thank you very much.

Re:No Thanks (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731148)

I love those too, but getting Algolian sun-tiger teeth here on earth is getting really hard... Who's your supplier?

Some cheese with that wine? (3, Insightful)

EliSowash (2532508) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729542)

What sort of cheese would one pair with a meteorite? I'm thinking a nice cheddar [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Some cheese with that wine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38732270)

Why, Mooncheese of course, what else?

the Same People (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729564)

this is brought to you by the same group of people that believe coffee beans taste better after they pass through a cat

Re:the Same People (3, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730390)

Come on now, feline backdoor coffee is LITERALLY the shit when it comes to dealing with Space Wine induced hangovers.

Re:the Same People (2)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730496)

Cats? Yuck! I was told they used a weasel.

Re:the Same People (1)

tragedy (27079) | more than 2 years ago | (#38735074)

They use a meerkat (and possibly other animals), which is in the mongoose family. The theory is, I think, supposed to be that the meerkats will find and eat the best beans, therefore you get the best beans out of the other end. In practice... well I don't drink coffee anyway, what do I care?

Re:the Same People (1)

mortonda (5175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731492)

I saw a documentary on coffee making, where they mentioned this... it wasn't a cat, but several types of animals were mentioned. They did a blind taste test with a bunch of professional coffee testers (called Cupping [wikipedia.org] ) and the result? The pooped coffee was indistinguishable from the worst samples of "normal" coffee. Certainly worse than the good varieties.

Re:the Same People (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#38733568)

this is brought to you by the same group of people that believe coffee beans taste better after they pass through a cat

Yes, well, that product was doomed because supply always falls behind demand when it comes to post feline digestive tract coffee beans. Meteorites are inanimate, and a pleasure to work with comparatively; Whereas, no one is brave or foolish enough to suffer a caffeinated cat twice.

I think I saw this in an episode of the X-Files... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729580)

Seriously, this guy is my hero. Now I don't have to wait around for an alien generation ship to show up, this guy is going to bring the meteorite bound, body infesting alien lifeforms all on his own. Oh, I think they call them Necromorphs... or was it Tyranids?

Oh, whatever (2)

jfengel (409917) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729590)

It's a rock. You dumped a rock into your wine.

Thank you for the description of malolactic fermentation. In fact, a nice article devoted to the details of malo would be very informative: the challenges, the kinds of flavors it produces, how it's controlled, etc. That would be great.

I guess if what you're starting with is "some attention whore dumped a rock in his wine, and it's a SPACE ROCK" a science reporter has to do something for a second sentence. So, thanks for accidentally including some value in an otherwise pointless bit of attention whoring.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729756)

and it's a SPACE ROCK

Technically, all the rocks (as well as everything else) on Earth came from space. Some have just been here longer than others.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730146)

in fact, from some perspectives , earth IS a space rock. Just throw some dirt in it and jack up the price.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

eyenot (102141) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730174)

Well, from the grandest possible perspective, *everything* is space *everything* because it's all surrounded by oUtEr SpAcE, right? So *my* wine is SPACEWINE just because I *made* it! I even piss in it, because my urine used to be part of a Staaarrrr

Re:Oh, whatever (2)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730366)

Space Piss! Can sell that for a fortune. At least get an article written about it.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730158)

Yeah, well, try explaining that to a Space Nutter. You'll need that bottle of wine.

Re:Oh, whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730218)

Considering that the majority of the population are not wine connoisseurs and are basically unable to distinguish the finer points and tastes of wine, dumping a space rock in there is probably more likely to get them to buy it than anything else just for the novelty. Even if it tastes like piss they'll just lie and say that they detect a subtle oak taste and perhaps a hint of berry.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731594)

That sounds just like truffles (mushrooms) to me. They taste just like dirt, yet snobby people insist they're great, with some bullshit about an "earthy" or "rustic" flavor.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

d4fseeker (1896770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38732942)

It's expensive so it must be great regardless of your experience with it
Exactly the same as with those fancy white iThings

Re:Oh, whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730470)

Ah, but that rock is special. It contains feces of micro-organisms fossilized in SPACE!!!

Then again, considering how regular wine is made, I guess they don't really care about that, just the taste.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730946)

Wired had an excellent article on how to extract brewing yeast from 45 million year old amber, some time back. Unfortunately, it's beer yeast and not wine yeast, but there should be some way to improve the alcohol tolerance.

Re:Oh, whatever (1)

BubbaBeans (937384) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731420)

"It's a space peanut..." - Joe Dirt

This is on Stargazing Live right now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729618)

At the time of posting. On BBC Two in the UK.

Having a nice drink of wine and discussing some astronomy. Ah I love BBC2.
Loving the work they have put in to encouraging people to go out there and watch the skies.
Would like to see it grow bigger, such a good series.

Re:This is on Stargazing Live right now (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730980)

"Sky at Night" wasn't too bad, either. BBC2 do some excellent work when it comes to astronomy. Sometimes deliberately, via putting on excellent programs, sometimes accidentally by putting on late night rubbish. If it gets people looking up once in a while, then it's all good.

some schmuck will buy it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729828)

As George Carlin once said, "if you nail together two things that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it."

Mmmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38729864)

I love the taste of Nickel. It brings me back to my youth when I ate nickels.

vintage (1)

schlachter (862210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38729956)

Vintage 4,000,000,000 BCE (before common era).

Really? Try Comet vintages... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730156)

Have you guys never heard of comet vintages? Seriously, look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_vintage

The quality of wine has some correlation in regards to years that have the notable appearance of a comet. There is a distinct change in quality.

Re:Really? Try Comet vintages... (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#38731612)

Sure, and "breaking in" your speaker cables makes a noticeable difference in sound quality....

very unhealthy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38730252)

I heard this is not recommended if you are prone to kidney stones. Passing a meteorite is very painful I know from experience.

...gives his wine a 'livelier taste.' (2)

Aeros (668253) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730312)

Seriously...STFU. It's a gimmick and nothing more. I have been a brewer for a long time and this is just a simple novalty item. Say what it is and not something stupid like "It gives it a livelier taste!" Idiot.

Livlier? (4, Funny)

bradorsomething (527297) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730364)

...don't you mean it tastes a little... meteor?

Make you wonder... (1)

lazycam (1007621) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730806)

what other type of "stones" they may be experimenting with... *shutters*

Just had to read.... (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 2 years ago | (#38730918)

It's submitted stories like this that make me yearn to get to the comments. You know: start off with a few jokes... get into the XKCD shit... ALL ROCKS come from space...

[deep contented sigh] Like watching a train wreck all over again...

Just like Russian folk tale (1)

Lotana (842533) | more than 2 years ago | (#38733468)

Reminds me of a Russian folk tale where a guy convinces a stingy woman to give him all the soup ingredients by telling her that a woodsmen axe is an integral part of the recipy.

This can't be good (1)

toxonix (1793960) | more than 2 years ago | (#38740090)

Meteorites are usually 10-20 percent very high purity nickel, a few points of other alloying metals, the rest very high purity iron. Nickel is not likely to impart any flavor, as it resists corrosion by acids. The iron will likely be passivated on its surface or etch a little due to the lactic acid, which will release iron oxides into the wine. I'd say the metallic taste of Fe3 would be kinda nasty.

Let's get serious, please. (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | more than 2 years ago | (#38741676)

I see plenty of people made jokes about this piece of news. And it's okay: I'm fond of awful puns myself.

Before going to the point, I'll just mention there's an Alsacian brewery called Meteor.

My point is about microgravity, and how it could affect brewing and winemaking. But since, despite being French, I don't know much about winemaking, I'll stick to brewing (a matter in which I've been taught by distinguished Belgian amateurs).

As any beer amateur knows, most beers basically fall into two categories, commonly called "ales" and "lagers". Ales are brewed in warm temperatures, using yeasts that tend to go from the bottom to the top of the mash-tub (Saccharomyces cervesiae). It's commonly called "high fermentation". Lagers are brewed in cool temperatures, using yeasts that tend to from the top to the bottom of the mash-tub (Saccharomyces uvarum). It's commonly called "low fermentation". Aside from those two, there are also various kinds of "spontaneous fermentations", performed by wild yeasts, the most famous of them being Brettanomyces lambicus and Brettanomyces bruxellensis, which give the Belgian lambic beers.

And my question is: how would any of this work in micro-gravity?

Another question is: how would it work in a centrifugal artificial gravity? How does Coriolis currents affect contained fluids, and how would it affect brewing?

I'm asking those questions because I've got a "hard science-fiction" setting in mind, based on solar system exploration and colonisation, with plenty of space stations, but I feel unable to just dismiss brewing questions.

Can anyone more aknowledged in fluid mechanics, biology, microgravity cinetics or space engeneering that I am share their insights on the matter?

I'll bet the price is (1)

hardboiled.tequila (986536) | more than 2 years ago | (#38742568)

I'll bet the price is astronomical.

Female Sommelier (1)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | more than 2 years ago | (#38742676)

She's got drops of Jupiter in her hair hey, hey, hey, hey.
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