Soyeon – 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

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Dr. Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first and only astronaut, and Cecil Park, the first Korean American female winemaker in Napa, launch a commemorative wine to inspire a new generation to reach for the stars. 

This wine is a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Rutherford, Napa Valley in commemoration of Dr. Soyeon Yi’s 2008 spaceflight.

Purchase of this special item will allow the launch of a Women of the Space Consortium Initiative and the winner will be recognized by name as a sponsor.

Includes a personal hand-written dedication on the special bottle for the winner of the auction.

“The launch of the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon not only commemorates my 2008 spaceflight but also signifies the endless goals and achievements one can accomplish with persistence. Wine has the ability to share stories and bring communities together. Through the launch of this wine, I hope to share my story as a Korean astronaut and invite the next generation to explore different fields.

As a female minority in the field of STEM, I believe that inspiring and encouraging the youth to achieve their dreams is important. I am honored for the opportunity to help raise money into Amelia’s Aero Club so that we can help support the future generation to continue their studies in STEM and reach for the stars.”

— Dr. Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s First and only astronaut, the 475th astronaut in the world to reach space.

Soyeon Yi is a South Korean scientist and astronaut and the first South Korean citizen to fly in space. She was selected as an astronaut in December 2006 from an application pool of 36,000 contestants. On April 8, 2008, she launched into space on-board Soyuz TMA-12. During her 11-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Yi completed an aggressive number of experiments contributing to South Korea’s science textbooks and science channel television lectures. Yi earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Taejŏn in 2001 and 2002, respectively.


About the Wine


January and February 2018 brought an abundance of rain in Rutherford, Napa Valley to cleanse the soil for a good start. Both bud break and flowering occurred relatively later than average. Mild and gradual rise in temperature without frost risk throughout the flowering season made a plentiful and even fruit set. Warm summer, with cool marine influences in the mornings and evenings, allowed for a long growing season, uninterrupted by any major heat spikes. Moderate heat and no early rain provided near-ideal conditions to allow fruit extended hang time for gradual ripening to develop the optimal quality of flavor complexity.


The fruit was picked from a plot located in the heart of the Rutherford Bench, on a small family-owned Napa Valley vineyard devoted to producing great wines for great causes. The grapes are farmed sustainably and the wines produced from this vineyard are consistently highly regarded in each vintage.


This complex wine begins with vibrant aromas of red cherry and blackberry, followed by a bouquet of violets, cedar, and bittersweet chocolate, completed by earthy elements such as flint and dried shells. As the wine opens up, hints of currant and vanilla are revealed. Full-bodied, this wine offers up youthful tannins of great quality, enriching the mid-palate mouthfeel that is round and creamy with smooth tannins, leading to a long finish. Already showing beautifully, this wine will continue to open and gain complexity in the bottle for years to come.

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