Today, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, is International Day of Human Space Flight. We celebrate the anniversary of the first human space flight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin whose Vostok 1 single, 108-minute orbit around the earth in 1961 changed the world forever. Although you may believe you would be justified to question the relevance of this special day with things related to wine … you are mistaken.
Thanks to Yuri, eight years later, USA astronaut Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. accompanied Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins to become the second human to set foot on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” was followed by another, very important first: the drinking of wine on the moon. Yup, Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr decided to call the attention of everybody on Earth to commemorate the eventful moment with silent reflection … while he quietly held holy communion with bread and wine.
Uh-huh, the man we know (appropriately) as “Buzz” may not have been the very first to walk on the moon … but he was the very first to drink wine on our sister satellite. Buzz got his buzz on with fermented grapes on the moon … and the world has never been the same.
This little-known fact does give one pause … if nothing else, to ponder the meaning of “getting drunk on the moon” …
We plan to celebrate that momentous occasion on July 20 with an appropriately-named cosmic cocktail, maybe some kind of hard core space sangria made with Klingon Blood Wine.
In addition to clever cocktails, it appears many other people have tapped into the inspirational qualities of space wine:
As explorers, we take plants with us, including, of course, grapes ... just like our famous Louis Hébert. Today, let’s lift a glass to the skies to celebrate those cool space pioneers and reflect on the future of space wine … .