The wine is out of this world. The price is appropriately stratospheric.
佳士得 (Christie’s) 於週二宣布發售一瓶曾在國際太空站待上超過一年的美酒。此拍賣行表示目前預估價格為近100萬美金（近新台幣2,800萬）上下。
Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own it.
這支酒 (Pétrus 2000) 是探索太空農業潛力的研究員於2019年11月發射到太空站的12瓶酒之一。十四個月後，它們全數回歸地球，而根據法國品酒專家所述，回來後的酒味道有微妙的變化。
The Pétrus 2000 is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France.
Tim Tiptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, said the space-aged wine was “matured in a unique environment” of near zero-gravity aboard the space station.
Private space startup Space Cargo Unlimited sent the wine into orbit in November 2019 as part of an effort to make plants on Earth more resilient to climate change and disease by exposing them to new stresses.
Researchers also want to better understand the aging process, fermentation and bubbles in wine.
The wine, being offered by Christie’s in a private sale, comes with a bottle of terrestrial Pétrus of the same vintage, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew crafted from a meteorite.
Buyers can compare the two — should they decide to open the one that went into orbit.
“I would hope that they will decide to drink it, but maybe not immediately,” Tiptree said. “It’s at its peak drinking, but this wine will last probably another at least another two or three decades.”
※【The China Post】提醒您 酒後不開車，飲酒過量有礙健康！