Behind every enjoyable swirl-sniff-sip of a wine is a bottle that complements the palate, lifestyle, and dining preferences of the savourer. That said, the sheer number of options across shops and restaurant menus can make picking ‘the one’ quite challenging. Whether you’re in the market for some experimentation or are just starting out on your grape journey – we recommend letting the stars do the talking. Here’s our guide to the best vinos to invest in, zodiac edition.
Thousands of years of grape fermentation has not made the choice between a dry Chardonnay and bubbly Champagne any less daunting. A quick look at the aisles of a wine store and you’re bound to find bottles declaring varying varietals, tannins, terroir, or ageing periods. Naturally, embarking on the quest to find the perfect one to pop – either to take home or gift to a loved one – can be quite the overwhelming endeavour.
That said, the answer – apart from an educational deep dive – might just lie in the stars. In fact, just as different vinos pair well with different foods and occasions – the perfect sip might just have something to do with the position of the stars when you were born. For instance, some people enjoy the accessibility of a Prosecco while others prefer the bold hit of a Zinfandel. Here’s what you should grab instead of your usual choice at your next alcohol run, based on your zodiac sign.
The ideal wine bottle to invest in, based on your zodiac sign
Aries (March 21-April 19): Saldo Zinfandel
The spunky, ambitious Aries is known to be the life of the party. The ideal wine for those born under this sign would have to mirror their bold, intense, and fiery (spicy) qualities. The perfect fit? A bottle of Prisoner Wine Company’s Saldo Zinfandel from Napa Valley California. It features Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Syrah grapes and pours a dark ruby. Right at the outset it brings in bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. Every sip is smooth, with hints of chocolate and the finish is full and rich. At a strong 15.9 percent alcohol by volume, this wine goes hard and is great for parties and social gatherings – just like this fire sign.
Pair with: BBQ ribs, five-spiced tuna, pizza
Price: INR 9,000 approx.
Taurus (April 20-May 20): Joseph Drouhin Laforêt Bourgogne Pinot Noir
The grounded Taurus is known to enjoy staying in, hosting house parties, and engaging in a good meal. The wine of choice for those born under this sign would have to be as dependable and sophisticated as them. Joseph Drouhin Laforêt Bourgogne Pinot Noir checks all of these boxes. Like most French wines – known to be some of the best in the world – it’s quite the classic choice. It pours a bright ruby with notes of raspberry, violet, peony, red currants, and wild strawberry right at the outset. Refreshing and refined, this nuanced vino pairs with a range of different foods and lasts a long time – which this practical sign would appreciate. That aside, it is described as an ‘earthy’ wine that’s full of ‘charm’ – both qualities most associated with Taurus.
Pair with: Grilled chicken, pasta, fatty fish
Price: INR 5,000 approx.
Gemini (May 21-June 20): Villa Sandi Asolo Prosecco
The social butterflies of the zodiac, Geminis are talkative, charming, and affable. Those born under this sign would enjoy a bottle of a crowd-pleasing, adaptable wine that they could take to a party or picnics. Villa Sandi Asolo Prosecco fits the bill. The Italian vino – from the vineyards in Veneto – pours a straw yellow and has an intensely fruity aroma. Hints of golden apple and pear are complemented by those of jasmine flowers. Soft, harmonious, and well-balanced – the refreshing wine makes for easy drinking and is easy on the wallet – music to this zodiac sign’s ears. Besides, Prosecco is the most popular sparkling wine in the world – a quality that mirrors the well-liked reputation of this air sign.
Pair with: Shellfish, most appetizers and snacks
Price: INR 3,000 approx.
Cancer (June 21-July 22): Prunotto Barbera d’Alba
The sensitive, emotional, comfort-seeking Cancers are known to be the nurturers of the zodiac. Those born under this sign enjoy simple pleasures and would enjoy a versatile wine that would allow them to tap into their inner chef. Prunotto Barbera d’Alba is the perfect addition to their at-home grape collection. On the nose, the Italian libation is grapey with notes of roses fusing with ripe fruit and spice. Every sip is full and balanced. It pours ruby red with hints of purple but is quite fresh, light, and easy to drink. This quality mirrors the water sign’s character – tough on the outside, sensitive and easygoing on the inside. The versatile, medium-bodied vino complements a range of dishes. And a home-cooked meal is this sign’s love language.
Pair with: Fried meat, vegetables, tomato-based pastas
Price: INR 5,000 approx.
Leo (July 23-August 22): Dom Perignon P2 Champagne
The spunky, warm, and regal Leos are known for being the most confident of the zodiac. Those born under this sign thrive in the spotlight and enjoy luxurious experiences and gifts. This sign knows it deserves the best. As such, nothing but a wine as glamorous and popular as them would do. Enter, Dom Perignon P2 Champagne – an icon in its own right. 16 years in the making, this wine – from the Champagne region of France – features notes of honeysuckle, toasted almonds, and orange. Considering the attention to detail with regards to crop and technique – this refreshing and smoky wine boasts of exceptional quality and flavour and is believed to be James Bonds’ most cherished brands. Known to have popularised the phrase – “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!,” – this one makes a statement, just like a Leo that walks into a room.
Pair with: Seafood, salads, and red meat
Price: INR 60,000 approx.
Virgo (August 23–September 22): Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Practical and hardworking Virgos are known to be the perfectionists of the zodiac. Those born under this sign would enjoy a quality wine that’s classic, intense, complex and enduring – ideal for them to pick apart and savour at the same time. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz checks all of these boxes. First made in 1960 by legendary Australian winemaker Max Schubert, this wine fuses the structure of a Cabernet Sauvignon with the intensity of a Shiraz. It offers notes of custard tart, sweetbread, plum, and fig on the nose. Every sip is succulent and fruity, balanced by hints of oak. Dubbed a collector’s dream by many experts, the wine ages well. As such, it goes the long mile and is an excellent investment – music to this earth sign’s ears.
Pair with: Red meat, kebabs, and hearty vegetables
Price: INR 14,900 approx.
Libra (September 23-October 22): Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling
Affable and charming Libras are known to be the most fashionably elegant of the zodiac. Represented by the scales, those born under this sign seek balance in all aspects of their lives. As such, their ideal bottle of wine would have to be a crowd-pleasing, harmonious option. A great bet? Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling – which has the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The German vino offers notes of peach, apricot, melon, apple, citrus, honey, and orange peel – making it easy to drink and quite refreshing. It’s also quite sophisticated and one of the most popular options in Europe – all qualities that are often associated with this air sign.
Pair with: Shellfish, spicy food, cured meats
Price: INR 13,000 approx.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2019
Intense and complex Scorpios are known to be the most passionate of the zodiac. The perfect bottle of wine for those born under this sign would have to be as bold, layered, and robust as them. one Ideally with spicy notes to compliment their reputation for being sharp and painfully honest. A classic choice? Saint Cosme Châteauneuf du Pape 2019. The French wine is strong and punchy, with notes of cherry, thyme, truffle, olives, and lavender. It features a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Cinsault grapes and has a long finish with an unmistakable warmth and spice. That’s not all, the 2019 expression is at its best drinking form from now until 2035. Smooth yet rich and intense, just like this water sign.
Pair with: Barbecued red meat, hamburgers, stews, mushrooms, oxtail
Price: INR 10,000 approx.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
The intelligent and optimistic Sagittarius is known to be the most adaptable of the zodiac. The ideal bottle of wine for those born under this sign would have to be as approachable and versatile as them. Robert Mondavi Chardonnay checks these boxes. It pours a golden straw and offers notes of brioche, pineapple pastry, peach, citrus, melon, and honey. There are hints of oak in there as well. The finish, meanwhile, is medium-length. Juicy and fresh on the palate, this is a sweet, crowd-pleaser of a vino. As such, it makes for an ideal dinner party or brunch choice – both places where you’d see this fire sign thrive. Besides, Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world, mirroring a Sagittarius’ well-liked reputation in social circles.
Pair with: Roast chicken, Camembert, seafood, or blue cheese
Price: INR 8,000 approx.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri
The grounded, practical Capricorn is known as the hustler of the zodiac. Those born under this sign are connoisseurs of all things luxurious and classic. As such, they’d enjoy a wine that is elegant and comes from the best in the business, while making for a good investment. And there’s no better choice than Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri. Tenuta San Guido – from Tuscany, Italy – is known for laying the basis for ‘Bolgheri’ style of wines. Sassicaia Bolgheri is their most iconic offering. It pours a ruby red and offers notes of cedar, wild berry, blue flowers, and menthol on the nose. Every sip comes with hints of coffee, orange zest, and licorice. Well-balanced and highly revered, this vino is luxurious and well-structured – which this sign would appreciate. That aside, it’s described by experts as ‘earthy,’ – a quality most associated with a Capricorn.
Pair with: Red meat and cold cuts
Price: INR 34,000 approx.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18): Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo
Eccentric and curious Aquarius is known to be the thinker of the zodiac. Those born under this sign enjoy an intellectually stimulating conversation and good-natured banter. As such, a layered wine that’s a crowd-pleaser would be ideal for them. Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo checks all of these boxes. The easy drinking vino offers hints of red fruit, wood, vanilla, and sweet spices on the nose. Every sip is soft and fresh with a long finish reminiscent of cocoa. Complex and layered – both qualities Aquarius is drawn to – this one’s perfect to take to an intimate dinner party, where you’re likely to find this air sign.
Pair with: Grilled chicken, pasta, light cheeses
Price: INR 3,000 approx.
Pisces (February 19-March 20): Dow’s 20 Years Old Tawny Port
Sensitive, nurturing, and imaginative Pisces is known to be the romantic of the zodiac. Those born under this sign enjoy all things sweet and indulgent. As such, they’d enjoy a wine that feels like a dessert in a glass. Dow’s 20 Years Old Tawny Port is a delightful fit. One of the sweetest around, it comes with notes of dried fig, raisin, prune, honeysuckle, butterscotch, and spice. Aged in seasoned oak casks, it has a strong caramel flavour and a dry finish. Additionally, it’s creamy and luscious – music to this water sign’s ears.
Pair with: Nuts, dried fruit, biscotti, vanilla ice cream, pies, and creme brulee
Price: INR 10,000 approx.
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Does the vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked not the year of bottling? ›
Look out for the year the wine was produced on the wine label – this is called the 'vintage'. If it's not immediately clear on the front label, take a look on the neck of the bottle or on the reverse side. This year indicates the year in which the grapes were harvested. Vintages vary from year to year.What is the best wine for Gemini? ›
Gemini: Pinot Grigio
They're also the most talkative of all the zodiacs. A refreshing white wine that's light on the palate, Pinot Grigio is ideal for this sign. It has notes of lemon, pear, and peach and its subtle tropical flavour make it a go-to on picnics on a hot summer day, ideal for Geminis to socialise over.
Like Libras, smooth, elegant chardonnay is a classic. Most white wine drinkers like it and it pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods, too, like seafood, salads and even meats.
Capricorn → Cabernet Sauvignon.
Like this rich red wine, Capricorns are deep, traditional, and serious. They also love a classic, hearty meal — so pair this wine with a steak to see them at their happiest.
A wine's vintage simply tells you which year the grapes were picked. The word vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were harvested. This year is displayed on the label of the wine.What is the meaning of the vintage year on a wine bottle? ›
What's the Meaning of Vintage? At its most basic description, the meaning of vintage is the year when a wine's grapes were harvested. Even if two particular wines are from the same vineyard and are the same varietal, made with all the same techniques, a 2011 will taste quite different than a 2017.Which day is luckiest for Gemini? ›
|Lucky Numbers||5 & 6 and all numbers adding number 9 i.e. 14, 23, 32 etc|
|Lucky Days||Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays|
|Lucky Alphabet||P, K, R, T and G|
Gemini is the zodiac sign of Goddesses Lakshmi. You must offer your prayers to Goddess Lakshmi (the Hindu deity for money and wealth) to seek financial growth.Which dates are lucky for Gemini? ›
Six days of each month are specifically lucky for Gemini. They are as follows: For January: 1st, 9th, 19th, 20th, 27th, and the 28th. For February: 5th, 6th, 11th, 21st, 23rd, and the 25th.What scent should a Libra wear? ›
Scent horoscope: The romantic, light, and sweet perfumes are among Libra's favorites. The notes that bring pleasure to their senses are lily of the valley, honey, hyacinth, benzoin, and violets.
What do Libras drink? ›
Libra: Gin & Tonic.What is Libras naturally good at? ›
Libras are known for their sense of fairness, their sociable nature, and their appreciation of beauty. They are excellent communicators and good at forming genuine, lasting relationships.What color makes a Capricorn happy? ›
Capricorns prefer earthy shades like brown and khaki. They don't wear red very often, but are partial to the shade. White compliments them and black-and-white combinations are all-time favourites.Who makes Capricorn happy? ›
If there's one thing that Capricorns can't get enough of, it's the feeling of accomplishment, Grace says. To keep the Cap in your life happy, remember to give them a high-five when they do a good job and do something to celebrate all their wins. They thrive from praise because they really value how others see them.What scents attract Capricorn? ›
Since Caps are earth signs, Stardust says they love woodsy scents. "Anything with patchouli, pepper, or sandalwood," she adds. "Something to warm the body up in winter, like Oud Wood by Tom Ford."Does wine expire? ›
How Long Does Wine Typically Last? When stored properly and kept unopened, white wines can often outlive their recommended drinking window by 1-2 years, red wines by 2-3 years, and cooking wines by 3-5 years. Fine wine — as you may have guessed — can typically be consumed for decades.What wine is good for a date? ›
The same way bubbly wines such as champagne are associated with celebration, red wine has always been linked to romance. Whether it's a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, red wine is perfect for setting a romantic mood for the perfect date night.Does wine get better with age? ›
Wine tastes better with age because of a complex chemical reaction occurring among sugars, acids and substances known as phenolic compounds. In time, this chemical reaction can affect the taste of wine in a way that gives it a pleasing flavor.Does vintage wine get better with age? ›
Aging changes wine, but does not categorically improve it or worsen it. Fruitiness deteriorates rapidly, decreasing markedly after only 6 months in the bottle. Due to the cost of storage, it is not economical to age cheap wines, but many varieties of wine do not benefit from aging, regardless of the quality.Which year red wine is the best? ›
The best vintages are 1975, 1976, 1983, and 1995. You can find them here, in our selection of archival wines. However, if you're seeking an exceptional vintage of archival red wine, try a 1989 Pomerol.
Which zodiac is lucky in money? ›
Libra is known as the planet of "money and love", with planet Venus "automatically attracting wealth and abundance into the lives of the Libra natives".Which month is lucky to born? ›
May babies might be born lucky.
your little one might already have all the good juju they need! A 2004 study revealed that people born in May consider themselves luckier than those born in other months.
Geminis possesses the efficiency to earn money in various ways. The financial attitude of Gemini is always subjected to change. At times they feel very enthusiastic about it , if not least bothered. Geminis can understand their financial power only if they develop deep understanding of emotional chapter of life.Who is Gemini best for? ›
In general, Gemini seems to be most compatible with air signs, such as Aquarius and Libra, perhaps for their more relaxed nature and general openness. Airy Gemini is also compatible with fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, as a result of their opposing but complementary astrological elements.What is Gemini zodiac god? ›
The story most closely associated with Gemini is the legend of Castor and Polydeuces (Pollox in Latin) from Greek mythology. Castor and Polydeuces were identical twins born to Leda, Queen of Sparta, by two different fathers. Castor was said to be the son of Leda's husband, King Tyndareus and thus mortal.Which plant is lucky for Gemini? ›
Lavender, chrysanthemums, orchids, endive, carrots, lilac, mullein, licorice, lily of the valley, fennel, dill, and lobelia are some of the lucky plants for Gemini.Which signs attract Gemini? ›
Generally, the most compatible signs for Gemini friendships and romantic relationships are fellow air signs Aquarius and Libra, as they'll have an innate understanding of Gemini's mental nature. Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are similarly energetic and can match well with our Gemini friends.What are a Geminis weakness? ›
Their strengths are that they're adaptable, outgoing, and intelligent—there's never a dull moment with a Gemini. However, their weaknesses are that they're indecisive, impulsive, unreliable, and nosy—be careful telling a Gemini your deepest darkest secrets.What will a Gemini marry? ›
Geminis are responsible and very affectionate when it comes to Love and Marriage. Simply said, Geminis want a companion who can maintain with them. Certain air signs like Aquarius and Libra are particularly mentally compatible with Geminis.What color is Libra attracted to? ›
Libra's colors are pink and blue, which help open the heart and soften one's presence. These pastel hues bring a calming and likable presence to Libra's personality, symbolizing a cool, calming breeze. Light blue increases clarity and balance while pink evokes Libra's sweet and loving nature.
What color attracts Libras? ›
Thanks to the ruling planet Venus, people of this Zodiac sign are known for their style and grace. To attract love and luck, Librans should opt for colours like white, blue and orange this year.
Librans are attracted to good things. So, show your generosity to him. Donate money to charity so that he can know the good side of yours. If you can't donate then become a volunteer to help in something.What is Libras favorite drink? ›
Libra: Gin and Tonic
This summertime favorite is as classy as Libra people. "Cool and clean, with the perfect balance of crispness and sweetness, gin and tonic dates back to the 16th century. It became known as the 'drink of gentlemen,' and still retains an aura of refinement and sophistication—like Libras," she says.
Libra's biggest strength Is that they have a knack for finding people that will balance each other out, which is one reason they can be excellent matchmakers. Libra's seek balance in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to relationships. Libra's have a good sense of fashion and beauty.What type of drunk is a Libra? ›
Libra (sept 23 - Oct 21): Lovey Dovey Drunk
Libras like to make everyone feel welcome, and they have a natural preference for equality (see: the scales). Expect to see them leading a circle of toasts, where everyone gets a turn at validation.
Librans possess gentle nature and wish to go with the flow all the time. They don't feat conflicts of any sort and they always try their best to avoid conflicts. They would rather find happiness in the process of avoiding conflict.What is best job for Libra? ›
Best Career Options for Libra
You are ruled by beauty-loving Venus, so you may be inclined towards the work in the industry related to art, beauty, fashion, and design. As you naturally understand balance, you can excel as an architect, graphic designer or engineer.
Libra: Asparagus, almonds, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, beets, raisins, wheat, apples, strawberries, spinach and corn. Sugar and starch are out. The use of milk and fruits is advocated by many astrologers. Also that a meat diet is not good for you but you can take it twice a week and avoid spicy food.What is the power color of a Libra? ›
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Libra Power Color: Pink. A serene, pale pink adds just the right amount of femininity to a space. Try using the color in your bedroom, or go for a great accent chair in the hue.
|Lucky Stones||Black Onyx, Emerald|
|Unlucky Stones||Yellow Sapphire and Ruby|
|Lucky Numbers||6, 9 and 8|
|Lucky Days||Fridays, Tuesdays and Saturdays|
Who is Capricorn soulmate? ›
Capricorn Soulmate Sign: Virgo
While Virgo focuses on minute details, Capricorn eyes the big picture. However, together they can create a well-rounded view of the picture. Virgo, the Capricorn soulmate, understands the Capricorn's need for emotional stability. Whereas, Capricorn brings structure in the life of Virgo.
Capricorn. Capricorns can cry when they see albums from their youth or when they feel nostalgic.What are calms of Capricorn? ›
The region of light and calm winds lying in the belt of high pressure near the Tropic of Capricorn in Southern Hemisphere is known as Clams of Capricorn. In Northern Hemisphere that belt of high pressure near tropic of cancer is known as Calms of Cancer.What is Capricorns main emotion? ›
Capricorns don't have time for emotions. It's not that they don't care, they just prefer logical and practical facts. They will give you advice and tell you exactly what to do, but they will also lose patience and leave, if you don't listen to them right away.
According to the highest ranking image for this query, Capricorns dislike it when negative and critical people are discouraging and disparaging to others. They understandably dislike self-important people along with moochers, liars, flakes, and gossips.What do Capricorns get turned on by? ›
“Capricorns love the feeling of being able to exchange or have equal standing with someone who matches them,” CUSP astrologer Isaiah Alpheratz tells NYLON. The most valued quality they seek in their other half is ferocious drive and ambition that matches their own.What turns a Capricorn on most? ›
Capricorns are ambitious themselves, so they're attracted to people with goals. Make him positively obsessed with you by setting goals and following your dreams. Your life will only get better as you put these plans in motion, and your Capricorn man will likely take notice and start pursuing you seriously.Does the vintage refers to the year when the grapes were harvested for the production of the wine? ›
A wine vintage is the year in which the grapes were harvested. A wine's vintage can greatly affect the taste and quality, primarily because of the weather that affects the vines throughout the growing season. In the Northern Hemisphere (North America and Europe) the grape growing season is from about April to October.Does the vintage year on a wine label refer to the year the grapes for the wine were picked or harvested? ›
So which year does the one on the label refer to? Across all French wine bottles, it refers to the year the grapes were picked. It refers to the harvest year and not the bottling year (i.e. harvest in September, bottling the following year(s)).Is the vintage on a bottle of wine the year the wine was bottled? ›
The vintage date is the year the grapes were picked. Most of the time wine isn't bottled and released that same year.
What does the vintage marked on the label of a wine bottle indicate? ›
The 'vintage' is the year the grapes used for a particular wine were harvested, and it's usually stated on the label. The vintage can be used as a measurement of quality and also as an indication of when to crack open the wine to drink it at its best.What does the vintage year on a bottle most often indicates? ›
Even though wine labeling laws vary around the world, one thing that remains constant is that the year on the label always refers to the year the grapes were harvested.What is the term that refers to the year the grapes were harvested? ›
Vintage refers to the year when a wine's grapes were harvested.What season is the grape harvest? ›
The harvest season typically falls between August & October in the Northern Hemisphere and February & April in the Southern Hemisphere. With various climate conditions, grape varieties, and wine styles the harvesting of grapes could happen in every month of the calendar year somewhere in the world.What is a good year for wine called? ›
The answer is simple – the vintage refers to the specific year when the grapes used to make this wine were harvested. A good vintage means that the weather was well balanced throughout the year. The vines received ideal amounts of rain and sun.Do they still stamp on grapes to make wine? ›
Grape-treading was widespread in the history of winemaking, but with the introduction of industrial methods, it now survives mostly as a recreational or competitive activity at cultural festivals.What is the oldest good bottle of wine? ›
The South-West German city is home to the world's oldest wine bottle and, if experts are to be believed, it's actually drinkable. The Historical Museum of Palatinate, Speyer, is home to the 'Speyer Wine Bottle', a 1,700-year-old bottle of wine that was discovered in 1867.What is the oldest wine still in bottle? ›
The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD and is the oldest known unopened bottle of wine in the world. Since its discovery, it has been exhibited at the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, always displayed in the same location within the museum.How can you tell a good bottle of wine from a bottle? ›
Good wines always have a clear and crystalline appearance, without imperfections. A careful bottle and proper packaging. They say a lot of the care that has been taken in the preparation of that wine and assures us a good percentage of success at the table. Remember that beauty is also part of our way of enjoying wine.What are the 4 V's of wine? ›
What are the 4 V's of wine? The short answer is vintage, vintner, vineyard, and varietal.
What do the raised dots on a bottle mean? ›
Our glass containers pass rigorous inspections before they're sent to customers. The Braille-like bumps on the heel and/or rings on the bottom are the cavity identification and enable our inspection equipment to read the bottle identification information.
BLACK: has a considerable suggestive and sexual meaning, it expresses luxury and exclusivity. If opaque it may transmit anxiety while shiny it portrays distinction and elegance.