At a recent wine tasting my ears perked up at the sound of the Italian “Piccolomini” wine since I am well familiar with a crater on the Moon of the same name. In the lower cental photo, the crater is next to the bottle of wine. Piccolomini crater is 53 miles in diameter and has a marvelous central peak. It was named after the 16th century Italian astronomer Alessandro Piccolomini, and I would guess he was somehow related to the Piccolomini vintners.
The wine is a refreshing vintage that sips easily and went well with our salmon dinner yesterday. Without a doubt, the wine is as heavenly as the crater.