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One Giant Step for Wine: Maison Mumm Launches Champagne for Outer Space

There are many things we earthlings take for granted. Like the ability to drink out of a glass. Or the ease of pouring wine into said glass. For the 0.0001% of us who could drink wine in outer space, it would be a disaster — until now. Maison Mumm is launching Grand Cordon Stellar, a Champagne that can be enjoyed gravity-free.

So how does one pour wine when there is no gravity, anyway? Mumm designed the Cordon Stellar to expel champagne into a frame that concentrates it into one effervescent droplet of foam. The droplet is then caught in a special glass that is slightly concave, and holds the champagne using surface tension.

Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar — Photo credit: Maison Mumm

And what does a space champagne taste like? According to its press release, once the foam droplet enters the mouth, it becomes liquid. “It’s a very surprising feeling,” explains Mumm’s Cellar Master Didier Mariotti. “Because of zero gravity, the liquid instantly coats the entire inside of the mouth, magnifying the taste sensations. There’s less fizziness and more roundness and generosity, enabling the wine to express itself fully.”

Final question: who will be drinking champagne in space, anyway? Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar will be available on Air Zero G zero gravity flights, and discussions are in progress for future space missions and commercial space flights. No word yet on how much a bottle costs, though we’ll be sure to post an update as soon as we know.

Cordon Stellar was a partnership three years in the making with Spade, an agency that designs objects for space. The Champagne will be available September 2018. Learn more on Mumm.co/stellar.

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