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The Sun has moved into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, marking the beginning of spring. While everyone is about to experience an uprush of energy, it will particularly affect the fire signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. If you’ve been thinking about rolling up your sleeves and spring cleaning your life, now’s the time to do it.
Wine critic Alice Feiring is on hiatus. This month, the wines were chosen by a member of our editorial team.
You are full of energy and emotion this month, Aries, and feel like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. It’s time to dream big, because you have everything going your way — except the dull attention to detail and discipline that gets things done. Ah well, if you had those things, you’d be a Virgo. Luckily, great good fortune comes to you through friends this month, so go and hang out with your gang, and get them to do all the work. They look like enterprising, thoughtful types, who are just the people you need on your side. It’s also time to hit the gym, to take advantage of that incredible energy.
Meinklang Foam Somlo Pet Nat 2020 (~$24)
No wine is more full of energy and emotion than pétillant naturel or methode ancestrale wines, which are sold with the yeast that’s given the wine its fizz still trapped inside there. This bottle from Austrian producer Meinklang is made from a blend of their biodynamically farmed Hárslevelű and Juhfark grapes and just bursts with vivacity.
This is a Sisyphean month, Taurus, where you roll those stones up the hill, only to have them fall back down again. Nowhere will this be more obvious than on the work front. It seems like lots of changes and decisions are being demanded, and you’re being asked to respond right this minute, even though you prefer to take your time and think things through slowly and carefully. And because people don’t take your advice, some of the things will have to be done all over again. You’re also surrounded by big personalities, who want to hog the limelight, when you’re secretly dying for people to acknowledge all your efforts.
Yet the best approach is to give people what they want. Some of what’s happening right now is aimed at getting you out of your comfort zone into a new situation, where you will flourish. As for the bloviators, go out and socialize with them, and let them brag as much as they like. After all, they’re paying.
Donkey & Goat Ramato Anderson Valley Pinot Gris Orange Wine 2019 (~$40)
For those unfamiliar with them, orange wines can take you out of your comfort zone right quick, offering a captivating, if challenging, combination of aromatics, texture, and oxidative notes. This skin-contact Pinot Gris from California’s Anderson Valley is no exception.
It seems like something you thought was solid and reliable may not be so concrete, after all. Never mind, Gemini, you make your own luck, and never more so than this month. All the efforts you expend, in whatever direction of life you choose, will pay dividends. Your social life looks particularly hectic, even as more and more demands are made on you.
Also, maybe you won’t have to worry about your future, as a relationship with somebody fabulously wealthy is indicated. Hitch your star to the promising person who comes along this month, Gemini, because you’re in for a wild ride.
Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe 2015 (~$400)
If you’re cozying up to a wealthy benefactor, maybe get them to splash out for one of Bordeaux’s most acclaimed Second Growth producers. Cos d’Estournel, located in Saint-Estèphe, is one of the so-called “super seconds” that often rival, or even surpass, the First Growths, and is definitely a great bottle to enjoy when someone else is paying.
Have you ever read Macbeth, and got those lines about “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow/Creeps in in this petty pace from day to day” stuck in your head? If you have, put some catchy music on, this instant, because your thoughts are just making you morose. You’re being gloomy, Cancer, when you have absolutely no right to be. It could be something to do with a long-running situation that seems to have no end in sight, making you think about isolation, desolation, sadness, all of that. But your mood is probably just an artifact of your overactive imagination. Life’s actually great and there are delightful things in your near future, possibly involving an excellent inheritance. Tax-deductible drinking is also indicated, as is overseas travel.
Turley Paso Robles Old Vines Zinfandel 2019 (~$35)
Nothing improves a sour mood quite like a bold, fruit-driven, spicy Zinfandel like this bottle from legendary producer Turley. Whether you’re enjoying it with some comfort food like barbecue chicken or just cuddling up with a blanket and good show, the flavor, and the 15% plus ABV, will do the trick.
Talk about being fired up, Leo! This is a month where your fabulous, larger-than-life personality can get you anything, or anywhere. Some of you will be swept away to go yachting with billionaires. Others will be wooed by older sugar mommy or daddy types, while the rest of you will be objects of admiration in your home towns. Time to get dressed up and go out, Leo, because the most interesting, glamorous, and helpful people will be drawn into your orbit. Order a bottle of something wonderful and pour it around. Someone else is sure to pick up the tab.
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé NV (~$100)
No wine is more glamorous than rosé Champagne, and Billecart-Salmon is perhaps the finest practitioner of the style in the entire region. Silky smooth with delicate but abundant bubbles and notes of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, it’ll have you feeling like a star no matter where you are.
Your heart is floating out to sea this month, Virgo. You’re swooning! There’s passion, romance, deep feelings! Or at least, there will be, if you’re open to it. The thing about reading horoscopes, as I keep saying, is that you can’t see whether the querent, that’s you, is doing the action, or having it done to them. So either you’re being magnanimous, big-hearted, and generous this month, or you’re attracting someone who is.
To make the most of this transit, sit on a barstool and refuse to do one single thing for anybody. That way the lovely energies will come to you. By the way, all that love and excitement that’s indicated in your chart could also mean you’re about to get a puppy. Anyway, it’s all good.
Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (~$60)
Deep feelings deserve deep, powerful, and complex wines, and that’s what Amarone is all about. Made from grapes that have been air dried for months to concentrate the flavors, it’s a dark, earthy, herbaceous wine. The Allegrini family have been making wine in Italy’s Veneto region for centuries, so they know what they’re doing.
There are a lot of demanding people in your life right now, Libra. Pushy, rude types, who don’t understand your need to be spoken to with courtesy and respect. They look like a load of bratty children, or people who behave like bratty children. If you’re a manager, it seems like everybody wants you to act like their therapist, instead of their boss. This all comes to a head mid-month, when there’s a Full Moon in Libra, bringing a kind of “why me?” aspect to it.
Face it, Libra, people just like and trust you and they don’t realize their demands are giving you the vapors. A lot of it is your fault, frankly, because you’re such a people pleaser. Also, your habit of procrastinating means you’re always more stressed than you need to be.
So find a dear friend, take them out, pour some wine, and launch into some bitching and moaning on your own account. Don’t draw breath, so they can’t get a word in. Get it all out. You’ll feel so much better.
Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block Swartland Red Blend 2020 (~$30)
What could be more soothing than a velvety, rich, but not overly fruity bottle of red wine? That’s what you’ll get from the South African offering, a Syrah-forward blend from the Franschhoek region that also offers notes of coffee and chocolate.
You are on your best Machiavellian game this month, Scorpio. Sizzling! These past few months, when so many major planets have been in Aquarius, have felt like a painful, never-ending, forced march. But now those pressures are finally lifting, so you can breathe a sigh of relief.
This month, you feel full of energy and ready to get back to work, but beware — if you don’t change your strategy, it will be like nothing has changed. All the planets in your Fourth House of home and legacy indicate you’re suffering from the sunk cost fallacy, where you believe you have to continue on your current path, or you’ll lose everything you’ve worked toward.
Instead, let go of your emotional need to have a specific outcome, to allow something new and unexpected to happen. Contemplate your new direction over a nice bottle of something. That always helps.
Troon Vineyard Applegate Valley Syrah 2019 (~$35)
No winery in America has reinvented itself as completely as Troon, located in Oregon’s Applegate Valley. Under new ownership and the steady hand of veteran winemaker Craig Camp, Troon has converted their production fully over to biodynamic farming and produces vibrant, expressive wines from Southern Oregon, the great undiscovered region of the West Coast.
Once again, you’ve taken on too much, Sagittarius, and are struggling to get everything done. You’ve got construction sites under way in every direction, and family things going on as well. It looks like reunions, parties, and get-togethers of all kinds are indicated, which is great ― you love a good blow-out ― but did they all have to happen right now, when you’ve got so much going on? Unfortunately, there’s nothing for it, Sag. This month, you have to push through and get your paperwork done, while juggling everything else, or there will be trouble ahead.
On the positive side, a home expansion of some kind is indicated. Either you’re about to move into a bigger place, or you’re going to seal the real estate deal of a lifetime. Or, less positively, you’re going to have half your family crashing your spare room. Whatever happens, make sure you have a good stock of crowd-pleasing wine on hand.
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (~$15)
Say what you will about New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but the stuff is fantastically popular, very reasonably priced, and always delivers quality and consistency. Your big crowds will be thirsty, so keep them happy with this springtime delight.
Looking good, Capricorn, looking good. You’re in the power seat this month, and can suit yourself on a number of fronts. A powerful mentor or associate is about to come into your life, who will offer you excellent advice and possibly even open doors for you. Things look solid on the financial front, too, as enterprises that wobbled over the past couple of years are increasingly stable. There will be many financial opportunities on the table this month, particularly to do with real estate, though do take care that your fire insurance is up to date. Siblings, close friends, and children are also heavily indicated — someone around you is expecting. This is a month to contemplate the battles you’ve won, and the things you’ve achieved. Open a bottle of something satisfyingly classic.
Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo 2016 (~$109)
Few classic wines deliver as much satisfaction as well-made Barolo, like this bottle from Luciano Sandrone. Aromatic and intriguing while still offering firm structure and just enough fruit to carry the whole thing, it’s a great wine to sip while you savor your achievements.
This is a big month for taking responsibility, Aquarius. Mars the god of war is having an intimate conversation with Saturn, the ruler of boundaries, in your First House of self, while Venus the planet of love keeps trying to butt in. Put all of that together, and it spells frustration. You’re trying to keep everything organized and on track, but other people keep letting you down, which means more work for you. Venus holds the key here — she’s gracious and kind, even in the face of idiots and fools, so tap into that energy and watch people respond.
In other news, you’ve got two planets in Pisces in your Second House of money, so watch your spending very, very carefully. It will be one of those months when money can disappear for no reason, from your wallet being stolen to unexpected bills. Do not be suckered into investing in cryptocurrencies. Instead, buy a nice bottle of wine. You can never go wrong.
Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2009 (~$40)
OK, so you want a great experience but don’t want to break the bank. Fortunately, aged Rioja is probably the best value on the planet. You can get wines with over a decade of estate-aging for less than $40, and that’s a great deal no matter what the stars say.
Beware, Pisces. Mars and Saturn come together in your Twelfth House of endings. Traditionally this placement was said to cause dire and irrevocable arguments between married people, so keep that in mind when you want to chastise the people around you for not taking out the trash. Also keep your purse strings firmly closed.
Like your nearby zodiac mate Aquarius, you may attract fast-talking salespeople with bridges to sell. Don’t sign anything until your most trusted lawyer has looked at the documents. But on the good side of the ledger, a lot of fun is on the horizon, with reunions full of laughter.
If you work in any of the creative fields, you will also experience a great surge of inspiration this month — you may find yourself doing the best work of your life. Be sure to glue sequins to everything, so everything sparkles.
Gruet New Mexico Sparkling Brut NV (~$16)
What a time to sample a wine from one of America’s best and most unexpected sparkling wine producers, New Mexico’s Gruet. Masters of traditional-method sparkling wines from the high desert, these bottles will bring out your creativity and help you celebrate on a modest budget.