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The Drop’s Wine Horoscopes for August 2022

Uranus and Mars team up, making fireworks in the sky together

7 wine bottles surrounding planet Earth, with Uranus and Mars conspiring to the left, surrounding by atmospheric chaos against a cosmic backdrop
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Disclaimer:  Astrology is for entertainment purposes only. But come on ― you want to know what’s about to happen, don’t you?

This energy for this month is mixed: one foot on the brake, and one on the accelerator. Most of the major planets are in retrograde, which is slowing everything down, while Mars and Uranus are conspiring together an explosive combination. This could be a good time to take some time out. Grab a cool drink and a seat at the window, and watch the world go by.

Aries

Time for spring cleaning, Aries! “No way,” you might protest. “After all, it’s summer!” Stop arguing and get on with it. Dump everything out of your closets and drawers, and start sorting. Also make an effort to delete old documents from your desktop, and clear your browser cache.

The more worn, outdated, and unnecessary things you clear from your life, the more space you leave for new opportunities to come along. And boy, are you smoking with energy right now. Things look particularly interesting on the romance and creativity front. Any relationships you form early in the month will begin to blossom about three weeks later. This is also the time to apply your energy and ideas to your work, as you will impress important people around you.

bottle of Josef Totter Styria Muscaris

2019 Josef Totter Styria Muscaris (~$26)

Out with the old and in with the new? We’ve got a wine for that. Josef Totter is a pioneer in making world-class wines from hybrid grapes. When climate change made organic farming unsustainable in his area of Styria, Totter ripped out his vines and replanted them with the disease-resistant Muscaris, a cross between Muskateller and Solaris. This dry, bright white is aromatic and mouth-filling, cut through with laser-like acidity and minerality. It’s a wholly unique, compelling expression that tips to an exciting new future for hybrid wines. 

Taurus

Life has been a bit stressful these past few years, as Uranus, the planet of revolution and disruption has been in your sign of Taurus, demanding that you make changes. And you’d really rather not, thank you very much.

Well, guess what? Now you’ve got Mars knocking at the door as well. It’s time to get moving, and work on all those things you’ve been delaying, whether it’s replanting the garden, or finding a new accountant. If you refuse the call, expect annoying reminders of things left undone, like fuses that blow at the most inconvenient time.

On the good side, any upsets in relationships will be repaired, because the benign planet Jupiter is passing through your Twelfth House of the subconscious. This will be a time when you feel at peace with yourself. If you’ve adopted bad habits to cope with life, this will be the month when they float away without fuss. This is very handy, because you’re under extreme pressure this month to get out, socialize, and respond to family and children. 

bottle of Bodegas Zarate Rías Baixas Albariño

Bodegas Zarate Rías Baixas Albariño (~$23)

There’s no denying it — you’ve got a lot on your plate. Take a moment to unwind with a glass of this crisp, refreshing Albariño. It’s a joy to sip, bursting with grapefruit, white blossoms, and juicy acidity. It’s also one of the best values on the market, with the entry-level bottle coming from a benchmark biodynamic producer in Spain’s Rías Baixas. After a glass or two, your task mountain might not seem so formidable. You’ve got this.

Gemini

Domesticity is all over your chart, and everything from home decorating to entertaining family and friends is on your mind. Reunions are indicated, as are plenty of social opportunities and obligations.

But wait until after mid-month before you start decorating, because that’s when you’ll stumble across the perfect things at the perfect price. There are lots of planets in Leo lending you a hand, so you’ll be tripping over more gold-trimmed décor and crystal-laden chandeliers than you’ll know what to do with. Buy some — as any Leo will tell you, you can never have too much bling.

Leave really big projects until September, when Mars will come along and give you a huge energy boost.

bottle of 2021 Railsback Frères Santa Ynez Valley Les Rascasses Rosé

2021 Railsback Frères Santa Ynez Valley Les Rascasses Rosé (~$25)

With entertainment on your mind, you need a wine that suits every late summer gathering. There’s no better bottle than Les Rascasses. This vibrant rosé was created by winemaking brothers Lyle and Eric Railsback in California’s Santa Ynez region as an homage to Lulu Peyraud, the maker of their favorite Provence rosé. Peyraud was a legendary entertainer and vintner, the proprietor of Domaine Tempier in France’s Bandol region. This crisp, bright, and floral wine is a perfect accompaniment to peak-season tomatoes and squash dishes, and Peyraud’s famed bouillabaisse; rascasse, French for scorpionfish, is one of the key ingredients.

Cancer

Venus, the planet of love, is passing into your sign this month, turning you into a charisma generator. This is both a good and a bad thing. 

The good? If you’re seeking romance, this is the month to be out and about, flirting wildly and using your lunar humor to make people laugh.

The bad side? Well, it’s tedious, sadly. You’ll be attracting people who want to tell you their problems or get you to adjudicate their petty disputes. Think about making up business cards with an advice price list, to take advantage of Venus moving into your Second House of money mid-month. In other words, it will be a great time to capitalize on your ability to see to the heart of any matter. You’re well placed to become the McKinsey of psychic consulting.

This is a great month for finances generally, with money turning up from unexpected places. Spend some of it on nice wine.

bottle of Château des Bachelard Saint Amour Burgundy Gamay

2018 Château des Bachelard Saint Amour Burgundy Gamay (~$34)

If romance is in the cards, a wine from the Beaujolais appellation of Saint-Amour is hard to beat. In fact, about a third of its bottles are sold around Valentine’s Day each year. Some call the area’s love-linked name a blessing, while others say it’s a curse. Whatever your take, there’s no denying the pleasure in drinking these Gamays. One of the best comes from Château des Bachelard, an estate that was founded by Benedictine monks in the 1100s and converted to biodynamics in the 2010s. This wine is a plusher, deeper expression of Gamay, with layers of red berries, incense, and spice. It’s a stunner of a bottle to bring on your first date — or to share with a devoted partner.

Leo

Happy birthday, Leo! This month, the lion wakes up and stretches, feeling strong and powerful. Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance, is smiling at your natal sun, bringing unexpectedly good things into your life. This is the month you’ll find money on the street, run into the person you most need to see, or hear about a great opportunity.

There may be a few difficulties as well — self-inflicted ones. Cross-currents in the signs of Taurus and Aquarius mean you’re more likely to get embroiled in disputes and arguments, some of which might be with important people. Forewarned is forearmed: avoid disputes and aggravations at all costs.

bottle of Domaine du Closel Savennières Clos du Papillon

2019 Domaine du Closel Savennières Clos du Papillon (~$47)

Toast the start of a new trip around the sun with this celebration-worthy Chenin Blanc from Savennières, in France’s Loire region. The wine is focused and intense, expressing a clarity of vision that’s worth emulating. The family estate has been running since 1495, with winemaker Evelyne de Pontbriand taking over in 2001 and converting to organic and biodynamic practices. Since then, the wines have gained favor among sommeliers and wine lovers around the globe. The bottle comes from Clos du Papillon, one of the appellation’s best-known vineyards. It shows intense notes of ripe pear, lemon zest, and stony minerality, accompanied by a silky texture and mouthwatering acidity. It’s a wine you won’t soon forget. 

Virgo

Time for a break, Virgo. A real one. And that means you can’t give yourself a list of jobs to get done around the house while calling it “relaxation.” No, your goal for August is to collect all the books you’ve been meaning to read for a while, kick back, open the covers, and immerse yourself in the text. The planets aren’t so much lining up in your life, as flopping down and refusing to do much, which is a signal you should do the same.

The one exception to the “go and do nothing right now” rule is if you’ve ever intended to write a book of your own. August sees you being unusually clear in your speech and writing, making it a good time to write grants or murder mysteries, accept invitations to speak, or anything else involving communication. Open a refreshing white wine to get the ideas flowing.

bottle of Jo Landron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Amphibolite

2021 Jo Landron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Amphibolite (~$20)

From the deck lounger, reach for a glass of chilled Muscadet. It’s among the world’s most refreshing wines — dry and citrussy, with mouthwatering acidity and minerality. Muscadet hails from France’s Loire region, with the best examples coming from the appellation of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. That’s where you’ll find Jo Landron, a wiry, graying winemaker on a mission to coax his vineyard terroir, and the Melon de Bourgogne grape, to their greatest potential. The acclaim for his biodynamically farmed wines has been significant — rivaled only, perhaps, by his prodigious mustache. This bottle is lively and fresh, a grown-up version of lemonade.

Libra

The transformation of an inheritance into something utterly new is the theme of August. This may be a physical inheritance, like property that you must make decisions about. Are you going to build on it, extend it, or sell it? If it is something in the material world you’re dealing with, don’t let anybody pressure you into making a speedy decision. Take your time.

For most of you, however, it will be a month of working to transform a psychological inheritance or family knowledge into something new, from a creative or artistic project to a business one. In real-world terms, this will mean projects that hit snags until you’ve let go of old and outdated ways of thinking.

bottle of Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino

Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino (~$24)

Innovation is the future, even in wine. Among the latest wineries to embrace a new, sustainability-focused business model is Feudi di San Gregorio in southern Italy. The estate was just awarded B-Corp certification, a rigorous international designation recognizing its high standards of social and environmental performance. And the wines are delicious, to boot. This Fiano is fresh and fragrant with citrus and stone fruit notes, lively acidity, and a clean finish. A fitting palate cleanser as you ponder new life paths. 

Scorpio

The first half of the month is going to be a mix of frustration and energy, as the planets line up to wallop you with something called a Grand Cross. It’s a very rare event, where your Sun is opposed and confronted by multiple planets, and it indicates contradictory demands on many fronts. Fortunately, it will only last for a short period, and the best way to get through it is to go back to the first principles of being a Scorpio ― ask yourself, what do you want? And do that.

This is absolutely a time to shine in your career, and you’re very likely to meet dynamic, but serious, individuals who can help you achieve your goals. By the end of August, you should be thrilled with what you’ve accomplished.

bottle of C L Butaud The Beauj Carbonic Sangiovese

2021 C L Butaud The Beauj Carbonic Sangiovese (~$32)

Sometimes the best things happen unexpectedly. Take this carbonic Sangiovese from Texas. Somewhere between a red and a rosé, it’s imminently gluggable — fresh and lively with tart cherry and strawberry flavors. But it’s surprising on many levels, featuring an Italian grape, made in an unusual style, and in an emerging region. That all wraps back to Randy Hester. He worked under acclaimed Napa winemakers for a decade before going out on his own — unexpectedly moving to Texas to launch C.L. Butaud in 2017. Since then, he’s become a Hill Country wine-making star, pushing new frontiers with his celebrated wines. As you plan ahead, leave room for unforeseen surprises and delicious outcomes like this.

Sagittarius

If you haven’t already arranged holidays this year, do so immediately. And see if you can go overseas ― stow away on a cargo vessel, if necessary. The reason you should make this a priority is there is love and romance all over your chart, and you’re most likely to encounter it on a voyage of some kind. Another good reason to go on a boat is you’re less likely to lose your luggage than if you go through an airport.

It may seem ridiculous to talk about taking off over the horizon because it seems you’re acutely conscious of your responsibilities right now, particularly financial ones. Yet this is actually a great time to consolidate your finances or expand your business if you’re self-employed. Creativity, love, and solid ideas are all indicated, so take the time to stop and enjoy a refreshing drink, while you think deep thoughts.

bottle of Bodegas Virgen de Galir Pagos del Galir Godello

2020 Bodegas Virgen de Galir Pagos del Galir Godello (~$19)

Instead of grabbing the same old bottle, consider trying something new. Godello is an indigenous grape from Galicia, a cool, green region in the northwestern corner of Spain. It makes easy-drinking wines with the fresh acidity of a Pinot Grigio and the roundness of a Chardonnay. They tend to have lemon and grapefruit flavors, with the best examples — like this bottle — showing smoky minerality. A major value for the price, it might just become your weeknight go-to.

Capricorn

You’re a force of nature right now, thanks to Pluto, the planet of power, sitting in your first house of self. You’ve also got Saturn, your ruler, in your second house of personal resources and finances. This is an ideal time to be involved with housing and real estate, whether you need a new home, you want to renovate the one you’ve got, or you want to open a chain of hotels. Whatever it is, plunge in.

Just make sure you do extreme due diligence, as you seem to be surrounded by fast-talking, unreliable people who promise the world but don’t deliver. Given all the retrogrades going on, expect delays.

And take time out, because romance and revitalization of an existing relationship are strongly indicated. Whatever frustrations you’ve been living through will fall away. Go out and open a special bottle of wine together.

bottle of Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Cuvée des Alouettes

2018 Domaine Ponsot Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Cuvée des Alouettes (~$204)

If you’re going to splash out on wine, do it in style. Domaine Ponsot is a revered Burgundy estate that’s a favorite among wine collectors. Its terroir-focused wines hail from some of the region’s most renowned Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites, including this bottle from Morey-St-Denis. The wine is precise and elegant, built around a red-berried core, supported by vibrant acidity, and finely structured tannins. Layers of flavor — violet, earth, spice — evolve with every sip. If $200 feels like a splurge, take heart in knowing that this bottle is a relative bargain — many of Domaine Ponsot’s wines sell for $1,000 or more. 

Aquarius

Things are looking good! Your ruler Saturn is backing off and taking a break, giving you a break from having to be super organized and practical all the time. Instead, creative ideas and opportunities are flowing. If you’ve ever had the yen to get involved with filmmaking, coding, or the digital arts, this is the right time to sign up for a course and tap into your latent talents. The work that you do now will pay off later, big time, so don’t be scared to go in unexpected directions.

Things look great on the relationship front as well, both at work and at home. A new contract may be signed, to good effect. You won’t be showered with money this month, but the foundations you build now will lead to great things later.

bottle of 2020 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills M3 Vineyard Chardonnay

2020 Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills M3 Vineyard Chardonnay (~$34)

This Chardonnay makes for an excellent foundational wine — it’s a bottle you’ll want to keep returning to over and over. It’s similar in style to high-quality white Burgundy ― think Meursault ― but for a fraction of the price. That’s because it comes from an unexpected place — Australia. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, and makes exciting, low-intervention wines from the Adelaide Hills. The wine is bright and elegant with floral and stone fruit aromas. It’s versatile enough to toast that contract you’ll be signing, or to enjoy on any weeknight evening.

Pisces

Right now, you long for nothing more energetic than a plunge into a pool, where you’d like to float and consider your next project. Yet not only are romance and creativity calling, but the world is demanding you make decisions, particularly around money and work. 

The good news is that there is unexpected good luck around personal resources. This is the right time to strike out for a new job, a new venture, or a pay rise. But do it earlier in the month rather than later, because at the beginning of August, Venus the planet of love is shining her light upon you. Workplace romance is also indicated. Have a nice bottle of sparkling chilled and wait.

bottle of Folias de Baco Douro Uivo Pet-Nat Rosé

Folias de Baco Douro Uivo Pet-Nat Rosé (~$24)

This year’s perfect poolside sparkler comes from the sun-baked Douro region, in Portugal. Folias de Baco is the project of Tiago Sampaio, a winemaker who farms organically, producing a range of innovative and unexpected wines. Made from Pinot Noir, this rosé sparkler is dry and light-bodied, with delicate strawberry aromas, fresh acidity, and persistent bubbles. When it’s time to play, this is the bottle to open.