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Can the Ocean Successfully Age Wine? One Company will Embark on this Experiment

Update Date: Feb 25, 2013 05:00 PM EST

Wine has been around for centuries and has been experimented on in numerous ways by winemakers. The wine makers of Mira Winery in Napa Valley, however, are taking experimentation to another level. They are going to age cases of wine in the natural environment of the big blue ocean.

As stated on their website, Mira Winery has placed four cases of their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Charleston Harbor. Although they did not state why they picked this particular wine, the company did say that it decided to go with this specific harbor because of its historical location. The cases were placed inside of large yellow cages that were specifically and specially designed for this experiment. The owner, Jim Dyke Jr. who hails from Charleston, S.C., is very interested in seeing what the ocean can do to the aging process of wine. Dyke Jr. and Mira Winery winemaker, Gustavo A. Gonzalez note that certain factors, such as water pressure, temperature, and the natural swaying motion of the water, may influence how the wine ages and thus, tastes in the end. The company has named this venture Aquaoir. Whoever gets to decide on the quality of the wine and whether or not the wine was affected at all will be determined after the experiment is over.

Mira Winery has posted a video as well regarding their unique take on what may possibly be a new technique in producing wine.

The wine will be left alone for three months building up anticipation for all wine lovers throughout the world.

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