Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Wine For Your Star Sign - True To You?

Every considered that your star sign might influence your preferences in wine? There are certain theories which suggest that yes, the personality traits of a Leo, for example, will draw them towards different styles to say, a Libra. The concept isn't as wacky as it sounds: both biodynamic winemaking and astrology look to celestial cycles so perhaps we shouldn't be so cynical.

On doing my research I thought the idea sounded crazy, but, scarily mine, and my boyfriend's wine choices were accurate! As fully fledged (and proud) Gemini, it was suggested that I'd go for something 'White, light and sometimes sparkling. Not too dry, and delightful chilled but still good when you forget to put it in the fridge and can’t wait for it cool!' Well that ticks the boxes of my favourite wines - Prosecco, crisp Sauvignon and South of France whites!

The signs of the zodiac are broken down into the elements of fire, earth, air, and water, with three signs making up each element. Check out your sign and see if you think this reflects your favourite wine choices...

THE FIRE ELEMENTS

ARIES March 21-April 19; Competitive, impulsive, independent, dynamic, quick-tempered, domineering, trusting, honest. Wine choice: A bold red that screams 'notice me!' but has some complexity which they can challenge their fellow tasters with. A serious wine such as Cabernet might be a first choice - but not a classic Bordeaux...

LEO July 23-August 22; Dramatic, dignified, idealistic, ambitious, proud, generous, romantic, overbearing. Wine choice: Whites with golden hues of a sun-drenched vinyard, think Californian Chardonnay or a Sicilian white - something which sparks conversation. Be warned! By the end of the night, the Leo will have convinced everyone that their wine is the only wine worth talking about!

SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21; Adventurous, generous, honest, daring, friendly, confident, enthusiastic, argumentative, blunt. Wine choice: Wine tasting is an adventure. This sign will try them all – whatever's hot right now  –to discover the excitement and satisfaction of finding a real gem. A hot choice this year might be Saké...just to keep us guessing a little more!

THE AIR ELEMENTS

GEMINI May 21-June 21; Curious, versatile, expressive, persuasive, sociable, changeable, clever, restless, talkative. Wine choice: If you know a Gemini, chances are this networking sign has a slew of wine recommendations to offer up. A light, fresh party white, or a sparkling, is essential to have on hand just in case friends drop by. An interesting story about a winemaker might be the spark to engage you in conversation.

LIBRA September 23-October 22; Cooperative, careful, artistic, persuasive, diplomatic, logical, indecisive, fickle. Wine choice: Librans make sure that no matter what they drink, it will not offend. Soft, gentle whites and rich fruity reds that bring people together and make for an easy-going evening. An inoffensive Chardonnay or a fruity New World Pinot would appear.
AQUARIUS January 20-February 18; Independent, tolerant, unpredictable, strong-willed, curious, perceptive, progressive, temperamental. Wine choice: Whatever the flavour of the month is! If Gruner Veltiner is in, that's what they'll have in their hand. Whites preferred but reds accepted. "Is it different? Is it unusual? Does it drink well un-aged? Is it reasonably priced? I’ll have it, then!" Think quirky.

THE WATER ELEMENTS

CANCER June 22-July 22; Tenacious, emotional, intuitive, sensitive, sympathetic, traditional, moody, manipulative. Wine choice: Among the most sentimental and loving horoscope signs, Cancerians long for an environment they can build and nurture. Hand-crafted wines from small, family-run wineries will appeal. And they love sweet white wines - even better if they're given it as a gift!

SCORPIO October 23-November 21; Passionate, penetrating, private, resourceful, loyal, determined, temperamental, intolerant. Wine choice: One of the most passionate and loyal signs, Scorpios will head for rich, dark, strong passionate reds, from well-established producers, known for their exclusivity and long-standing profile. Think intense, complex Clarets.

PISCES February 19-March 20; Sensitive, compassionate, imaginative, adaptable, intuitive, idealistic, secretive, vulnerable. Wine choice: The 'dreamy-eyed' Pisces will be drawn towards creative looking labels, but on tasting, will be surprised by deeper flavours than they initially expected. A spicy, juicy Zinfandel will put a smile on their face.

THE EARTH ELEMENTS

TAURUS April 20-May 20; Patient, dependable, practical, determined, artistic, loyal, stubborn, self-indulgent. Wine choice: Taurus likes the highest of quality at the best of price - think Vintage Champagne on a half price offer (or free at a wedding!). White or red as long as it’s good quality, smooth and slips down like satin.

VIRGO August 23-September 22; Gentle, industrious, dependable, methodical, soft-spoken, humane, sincere, easily worried. Wine choice: The Virgo wine drinker is attracted to the highest standards. They'll want to know if it's organic, whether the vines are lovingly tended in a happy environment, where the oak has come from and all the other nitpicky details. Red or white, if a wine meets their standards, they'll give it a go.

CAPRICORN December 22-January 19; Cautious, focused, responsible, serious, conventional, reliable, hardworking, unforgiving. Wine choice: Real Capricorns are too busy for adventures with fruity wines, or rich heavy flavors. It’s all about being practical and efficient. A house wine, or table red will suffice, but they'll also easily succumb to a well-established name on a one-off recommendation to store in their cellar.

Absolutely genius image of stars in a wine glass from ShotHotspot.com's photostream under the Creative Commons License.

Zodiac image from Remko Van Dokkum's photostream on flickr under the Creative Commons License.

References: Zodiac sign personality traits from Info Please. Wine style recommendations from Food and Beverage Underground and DailyHoroscope.com.

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