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What to Drink While Stargazing, a Wine Guide by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jun 10 2014 - 6:25am

We know Neil deGrasse Tyson as an astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium [1] in New York City, and fearless host of Cosmos [2], the remake of Carl Sagan [3]'s original series on space exploration. Many may not know, though, that Neil is not only an aficionado of the stars — but of wine as well [4]. We asked the Internet's favorite science educator to craft wine pairings with our solar system's planets, and he indulged! Neil didn't specify which grape goes well with Mars, however. That planet is still a puzzle to us. But he did reveal which wine he'd drink while stargazing.

Neil explained, "It's not that I drink wine when I'm contemplating the universe; it works both ways. But also I contemplate the universe when I drink wine." Continue on for the wine pairings you never knew went perfectly with planet watching or watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [5] now that it's available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Source: Getty / Cindy Ord [6]

General Stargazing and a Soft Merlot

"I don’t want anything too complicated because the universe is complex enough, and you don’t want to compete with that. So I would probably come up with a soft Merlot." — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Source: NASA/ESA [7] and Francis Ford Coppola Winery [8]

Mercury and Petite Sirah

Source: NASA [9] and Rutherford Grove [10]

Venus and Chardonnay

Source: NASA [11] and Parducci [12]

Earth and Burgundy Pinot Noir

Source: NASA [13] and Francois Parent Monthelie [14]

Jupiter and Cabernet Sauvignon

Source: NASA [15] and Redux North Coast [16]

Saturn and Sauternes

Source: NASA [17] and Sigalas Rabaud [18]

Neptune/Uranus and Sauvignon Blanc

Source: NASA [19] and Paul Dolan Vineyards [20]

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