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Drinker’s Digest II. Weekly flux: space-wine, mimicry and ships

You can’t step into the same river twice they say. Most experience is like that. You can’t taste the same wine twice. Circumstances change: wines get older, palates soften. Here we stick WineQuant’s wine-word taster into some promising parts of the world-wide-web of wine and take two snapshots in time. So what can happen in a week? In the first picture, which is from last week, a set of Decanter articles on China features prominently as a cluster of points at the top right hand corner: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir vines were launched as cargo on the Tiangong-2 Rocket in September 2016. Space-wine enthusiasts hope that the stressful conditions will trigger mutations that will make the vines hardier, better able to cope with the weather in places like Ningxia. Farthest away in space from the articles on China and at the top left of last week’s map, we pick out a cluster centered on the changing fortunes of winery investor Charles Banks. A bit of history: Banks became known to the wine world …