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Session 188

Twelve bottles of Chateau Petrus have returned to Earth after spending over a year on the International Space Station. Scientists are trying to understand the effects of zero gravity on wine. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Space wine: Does it taste better?

Scientists sent twelve bottles of wine to the International Space Station for over a year to study the effects of zero gravity on the product. Experts said that wine appears to mature more quickly in space. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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The story

What happens with this kind of wine when they get older is you get lovely floral aromatics, truffle aromatics – so like, you know, violet, peony, all that kind of stuff.

And that was more obvious to me in the wine that had been in space.

Key words and phrases

top-notch
excellent quality

  • After a series of top-notch performances, France won the World Cup.
  • With a wine that good, you really need some top-notch cheese.

savour
enjoy in a slow and deliberate way

  • You’d better savour that drink because it’s the last one for a while!
  • Beating our closest rivals was a victory I savoured.

poring over
looking at something carefully and in detail

  • She was poring over her revision notes the night before her exam.
  • Detectives pored over the evidence looking for clues.

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