Astro Biz: PietraLuna wine

Pietra LunaMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

Today’s Astro Biz is PietraLuna wine. We’ve featured a number of wines of late with moon-related names, all of them exclusively for sale through Trader Joe’s. This is not one of them. A Negroamaro produced in the “boot heel” of southern Italy, the PietraLuna is, nonetheless, a reasonably value-priced wine.

We chose a “luna” name for this week in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the first soft landing of an Earth spacecraft on another celestial body. The Soviet Union’s Luna 9 touched down on the Moon on Feb. 3, 1966. The lander sent back photos and radiation measurements from the Moon for about three days before contact with it was lost.

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