"Can you taste the comet?"
'Comet vintages' are years during which an astronomical event, involving generally a “Great Comet”, occurs prior to harvest. Throughout the history of wine, winemakers have attributed successful vintages and ideal weather conditions to the unexplained effects caused by the comets. Some of the most heralded vintages in the last couple of centuries—such as the 1811, 1826, 1839, 1845, 1852, 1858, 1861, 1985 & 1989 vintages—have coincided with a notable appearance of a comet…In The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk by Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Watson describes Sherlock Holmes, upon being told the clerk’s story, as being pleased, " like a connoisseur who has just taken his first sip of a comet vintage." (Wikipedia)