Humans have always looked to the stars for inspiration about what the future holds when it comes to work, romance and relationships, even money. So why can’t the stars also inspire what our glasses hold? That is the idea behind our new monthly series, “What’s Your Pour-oscope?” Each month, we’ll highlight 12 bottles to accent what is written on the stars for every sign in the zodiac. March 20 marks both the spring equinox and the astrological New Year, when the solar season begin anew, so the stars are truly aligned for this one. The sky is the limit!
What a birthday month, Pisces! But as the sun moves out of your birthday sign and into Aries, it’s also poised to warm up your second house of work, money, and security, which means that it’s time to come back to earth and focus on practical matters between now and April 19. Check your spending and take a good long look at how to bring some of the big ideas you had last month to life. However, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, even on a budget. Check out our newest rosé, from Chateau Peyrassol Reserve des Templiers 2019. Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache make for a balanced trio of fruity flavours in this crisp, organically produced rose, nicely sharpened with a touch of Mourvèdre. Light pink and bursting with freshness, honeyed aromas, white peach, and bracing minerality, this crisp rose from one of the most storied estates in Provence is an ideal sipper for picnics, tapas, grilled meats and even desserts. Practicing organic.
On Saturday, March 20, the sun moves into your sign, kick-starting both the new season and Aries season. For the next month, your sign rules the skies, so be prepared to get attention. It’s a great time to start—or sip—something new, like Els Vinyerons "Lluerna" Xarel-lo 2019. New to our shelves, this vegan biodynamic white is a joint venture between Amós Bañeres and Alex Ruiz in Penedès, Catalonia. Amós is a former pharmacist who grew tired with his occupation and started to make natural wine in 2011 under the Amós Bañeres name. He joined with Alex, a winemaker who had been making Cava for his family winery and was yearning for a fresh challenge. With notes of white pepper, pear blossom, and flint on the nose and spicily complex flavors of Gala apple and white peach, this refreshing wine is gorgeous with Manchego-topped bruschetta, baked fish, poultry, and roasted veggies.
Taurus, you’re always looking for comfort, especially after all of the hard work you’ve been putting in lately. The sun fully supports this, slipping into your restful twelfth house this weekend. It’s a perfect time to kick back and enjoy this Barolo from Tenute Neirano, a wine as powerful and classic as you are. Founded by Antonio Sperone in the heart of Monferrato, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional beauty and singular terroir, this award-winning red is garnet-colored in the glass, dry, yet velvety and austere on the palate, framed by aromas of crushed roses and violets. Serve alongside roasted and stewed meat, game, and strong cheeses. This one needs decanting, but like you, it’s worth the wait.
Gemini, some call you two faced, but we know you just love to chat. You’re a born superconnector. This month, the stars are all how you use your social graces to help bring your brilliant ideas to life. This Pinot Noir from Domaine Bonnardot, a family estate with winemaking roots that dat back to the 1400s, is a crowd-pleaser that’s got plenty to say. Smoothly textured and filled with juicy red berries and savory sweet herbs, it’s as unforgettable as you are. Pair with roasted white meats, seared duck breast and mushroom risotto.
Sensitive and caring, but with a taste for the unusual—that is Cancer is a … well, crab shell. Tune into your inner voice, set your intentions, and visualize what you want. Venus will join the sun in Aries this month, which means that you definitely don’t have to do all of that work, and all of the sipping alone. Look to sake this month, as the stars shift you from imagining the big things in your future to making them happen. Inspired by famed Chinese poet Li Bai, also known as Rihaku, Dreamy Clouds sake is made in the nigori or unfiltered style. Aromas of plums and nuts on the nose are complemented by refreshing notes of steamed rice, cream, slight toffee and a hint of plum skin.
It’s been a luxuriously easy month, Leo, but the sun is about to roar into your ninth house of growth, adventure and connections (especially of the romantic variety). Get ready! This red blend from California is everything you need for this new season. Three generations of the Leonardini family (hence, “Tre Leoni”) are responsible for this expertly made proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. The wine opens with notes of candied blackberries, red currants, black plums, anise, and sage. The palate is bursting with ripe, earthy fruits dusted with rich cocoa powder. Sexy and silky smooth from start to finish the wine has incredible texture and vibrance acidity that makes this a sure-fire match for BBQ, burgers, even veggie lasagna.
Virgo, you like everything in its proper place, preferring finesse to mess, especially when it comes to relationships, a key theme for you this month. However, the change of season brings with you an invitation to loosen up, get funky, and let go in order to expand your heart and well-being. This Baga, from Filipa Pato and William Wouters, a magical wife and husband collaboration dedicated to creating authentic wines using indigenous varietals is perfect for you right now. Hand harvested, then fermented and aged in uncoated amphorae, the wine is silky on the palate, and full of bright red and black fruit. Finishes with a touch of earth, black pepper, and lingering complexity, the wine is wonderful with a slight chill and easily paired with everything from appetizers to Ethiopian fare
Libra, you’re always seeking balance and harmony in your life. The sun Aries is set to heat up your seventh house of partnerships. From work relations to those closer to home, you play well with others this month, so this beautifully balanced bubbly is tailor-made for you this month. Soft, ripe and balanced, made from grapes grown on a multitude of soils in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, with a light dosage, the wine is perfect for bringing people together.
Scorpio, you can have a hard time bringing people to your level. It can be tiring. Ready for a break? This incredibly smooth, classic bourbon is a great way to unwind and get your glow back. The first American bourbon to be sold in bottles, rather than barrels, Old Forester has a long heritage. Named after and endorsed by the respected physician, Dr. William Forester of Louisville, KY in the 1870s, the Brown family managed to get it approved for medicinal purposes during Probibition, making it one of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in the United States. Using about 50% more rye than many bourbons, Old Forester has a remarkably good balance of flavors that are as deep and refined as you are, and just as fine in a cocktail as it is on its own.
With the sun in your domestic fourth house, you’ve been as snug as a bug in a rug at home lately. However, your fifth house of passion, creativity, and self-expression is about get a major energy boost due the changing season. Your sleepy winter vibes are about to fade away, making space for that trademark Sagittarius passion and dynamism. Belregard-Figeac “Tellus Vinea” Bordeaux 2019 is the perfect wine for this transition. Filled with dark fruits, graphite, green pepper and soft earth, the wine is both cozy and enticing, expressive and unforgettable, the perfect partner for the return of Spring.
Work! Werk, werk! That’s the Capricorn mantra. There’s a tension between your need for safety and security and your desire for fun and adventure this month which can lead to feelings of deprivation or stress. Don’t run away from your feelings, Capricorn. Face them head on with the support of those closest to you. This lean and nervy Riesling from Peter Jacob Kuhn is complex and like you, is great with company. Pair with spicy sausage, smoked salmon, Thai food, or loved ones who know you well.
Aquarius, your head may be in the clouds but we know your heart’s in the right place. After an long and intense February, the sun is set to shift into your third house of communication, bringing about a big-time desire to be out and about, reconnecting with friends and sharing ideas. Pick up the phone, or better yet, go outside for a socially distanced social. Take this incredibly crisp and super fun cocktail from Finland, the happiest country in the world. A grapefruit and citrus soda with a kick of premium gin? Yes, please and kippis!