In an effort to out-startup itself, Space Cargo Unlimited has given us what we never knew we needed, but now we can’t possibly live without: Space Wine! The French company has launched twelve bottles of unnamed reds to the International Space Station (ISS) to observe the aging process of wine in microgravity. The samples, aboard a Northrop Grumman cargo spacecraft, have successfully docked the ISS as of November 4th.

Certainly to the chagrin of the ISS astronauts, the bottles must remain unopened and unchugged for a year onboard the station in order to be accurately compared to their Earth-based counterparts (samples from the same batch of wine—also sealed and kept at a cool, constant 64 degrees Fahrenheit).

From the experiment, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to gain knowledge about the aging of multi-component liquids in orbit, how space affects tannins and micronutrients, and the general changes in the physical and chemical makeup of the samples.

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In other words, will the wine taste good?

And, more importantly for science, will the findings serve to develop long-term food storage and overall human health?

And, even more importantly for further proof that we live in a weird, weird world: According to Kat Jones of The Asgardia Space News Digest, the research is partially sponsored by an unnamed “luxury goods” partner looking to produce customizable chests containing space-altered objects.

The pièce de résistance of each set? Space wine.

What a time to be alive. And while eccentric billionaires we are not (sad!), if space-aged wine is an option in the not-so-distant-future, we will 100% be the suckers shelling out for a taste.

Laura Jaye Cramer is a freelance writer based in California and has written for SF WeeklyGOOD, and PAPER MagazineRead more Laura Jaye Cramer for Sprudge Wine.

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