People have looked to the stars since the beginning of time to tell them stories, point the way home, track time, and offer inspiration. Constellations are used, most popularly, to divide people into twelve astrological signs based on their date of birth. And each sign has been endowed with certain personality traits, favorite colors, strengths and flaws. We recently stumbled across a corner of the internet devoted to connecting the signs to the fruit they crave and what that means about them. Not ones to mess with fate, we figured it was our duty to tell you what wines you should drink to bring out the best in your sign.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
The ram is known for being independent, generous, optimistic, enthusiastic, and courageous. Of course, they’re also known for their stubborness and being moody, losing their temper more quickly than the average bear, being self-involved, impulsive and impatient. Eating lemons and pears keeps Aries showing its good side while craving these fruits are a sign the person is delving over to the negative side of the sign. For that reason, it only makes sense that Aries imbibe on wines with flavors of lemon and pear!
Your best bet? Chenin Blanc has flavors of pear and pairs beautifully with everything from lemon chicken to lemon tart.
Taurus (April 21-May 21)
It’s no bull that Taurus friends are the most dependable, persistent, loyal, patient, and generous of your bunch but, let’s face it, they can also be stubborn, lazy, possessive, materialistic, and self indulgent. Oh, yay! Maybe it’s the sugar but bananas will keep a Taurus thinking of others instead of himself and will get him off the couch when he gets lazy and you’re in the mood to do something besides binge Netflix. Keep a bottle of Beaujolais on hand as they’re the wine most likely to have the aroma of bananas.
Your best bet? If you know (or are) a Taurus who likes white wine, keep a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer on hand — they pair best with the starchy fruit.
Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Whether or not Gemini is behaving, time spent with one is sure to be fun thanks to their dual nature. Geminis are energetic, clever, constantly saying something witty, have great imaginations and can handle pretty much anything you throw at them. On the other hand they tend to get restless, are downright devious, and are super indecisive. Feed the good side of your twin with mango to bring out the best or cure them when they’re exhibiting their less than stellar side with the tropical fruit.
Your Best Bet? Icewine tends to have aromas and flavors of mango so pick up some of the super sweet dessert wine. Not a fan of the sweet stuff? An off dry Pinot Grigio is perfect with mango chutney and spicy dishes.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
The interesting thing about Cancer is that they are either impossible to deal with, or the most awesome people, ever. They are full of drive and perseverance, loyal, and can always be counted on. They are also both adaptive and responsive — meaning they are great to work and play with. But they can also be the total opposite: clingy and moody, busy feeling sorry for themselves and hypersensitive. To keep your Cancer someone you can stand to be in the same room with, keep a steady supply of pineapple on hand, which can be a snack or used in savory dishes and sweet desserts.
Your Best Bet? Honestly? Epicurious has a recipe for pineapple Sangria that is pretty much the only thing anyone ever needs to drink again. We recommend making it with prosecco for a kick butt bubbly version or Sauvignon Blanc. If you use a Chardonnay make sure it is bone dry and unoaked.
Leo (July 23-August 21)
The key to Leo is balance. They are capable and confident, and usually successful but also encouraging — making them excellent to have in your circle whether as friends or colleagues. But when things get out of balance they can be vain and melodramatic, especially when they don’t get their way. Allowing a Leo to be in charge is usually a good idea, and they can handle it, but if you can’t be sure to sweeten them up with some oranges before telling them they’re going to be a cook and not the Michelin-rated chef.
Your Best Bet? Red wines, specifically from the Mediterranean, pair beautifully with savory orange entrees. If trying to take a cancer with a sweet tooth you’ll want a cream sherry to pair with heavier desserts, like cakes, or Champagne or prosecco to pair with lighter, fresher orange dessert fare.
Virgo (August 22-September 23)
The precise, analytical, and observant side of Virgos makes them excellent problem solvers and add to that the fact that they’re helpful and really, nothing could be better. But these great qualities also make it impossible for Virgo to settle down and go with the flow. They are hyper-aware which makes them great at figuring things out but also skeptical because they see, and overthink, every detail. They’re also aware of their analytical nature which can make them fussy and inflexible, or, even worse cold and meddling. Keep them helpful and on your team with the aroma and flavor of coconut.
Your Best Bet? Serve up coconut curry with a delicious viognier or, if you can’t find the crisp white, gewurztraminer. Like your coconut sweet? Go with a late harvest German wine and some coconut cream pie.
Libra (September 24-October 23)
Libras love to be around people, interacting with them at home, working together in groups, or going out with them to enjoy activities. They are excellent with people, especially in peacemaking roles where they are the consummate diplomats. There is something peaceful about their nature and combined with their idealistic nature, they are great to be around. They are quite lazy, though, which means they’d prefer it if someone else would clean up after they host a party or do their work. They are very unreliable, superficial, and want nice things but without working with them. The way to keep them exhibiting the good? The flavor of cherries.
Your Best Bet? If a wine tasting of cherry is what you want, pinot noir is a light option that can often have cherry aromas and flavors. Or, for a real treat, serve up a slice of cherry pie with a glass of sweet sherry — delicious.
Scorpio (October 24-November 22)
Scorpios have got there stuff together. They are dynamic personalities that approach everything with passion. On top of this they are both observant and resourceful, meaning Scorpios get things done when others simply cannot. All these good qualities, though, don’t mean there isn’t another side to Scorpio. When a Scorpio is off you’ll see the negative parts of their passionate nature which generally manifest as jealousy, manipulation and obsession.
Your Best Bet? Black grapes keep Scorpios on the right side of their personality so consider snacking on the fruit with a red wine like Sangiovese or pinot noir. Prefer white? Chardonnay is the best pairing.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 22)
Sagittarius folk are the eternal optimists. Adventurous, eager to learn, and fiercely independent so you won’t be surprised to hear that they can be completely disconnected emotionally and don’t like commitment. They are caring, encouraging, and born entertainers but when they are misaligned they can come across as irritable, bored, and cold. They’re not — they are just driven to do, see, and learn. Keep your Sagittarius, who really does care about you, happy by giving them space when they need it and having strawberries on hand. The heart-shaped fruit is perfect for reminding a Sag that she has emotions, even if she’d rather not deal with them.
Your Best Bet? A strawberry forward sparkling rosé is the perfect medicine for Sagittarius. Light, crisp, and fruity in a way that will make even a Sag swoon. When strawberries are in season strawberry shortcake served with moscato or a chilly pinot grigio work well, too!
Capricorn (December 23 – January 20)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It also keeps Capricorn at their best: responsible, loyal, resourceful, and patient. These qualities are what make Capricorns great friends, teachers, and colleagues. When they are lacking in balance (and apples), you will know because suddenly they’re dictatorial, conceited, and unimaginative — in other words, exactly what you don’t want in friends, teachers and colleagues.
Your Best Bet? Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay will often have apple aromas and flavors, which make them great for taming a Capricorn. Additionally, savory entrees with apples pair perfectly with Champagne or, if you prefer still wines, Semillon.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)
Aquarius have a way with words and are naturally clever and aloof. The problem with this is that when they are off center they tend to be sarcastic and eventually aloof. Prevent this with the tropical fruit, papaya, both in its natural form and with white wines that tend to embody the flavors and aromas of papaya.
Your Best Bet? A warm climate Semillon is going to produce the most mango flavors you’re likely to find in a wine, some of them oaked which brings out the papaya flavor even more. Enjoying food featuring papaya? Stick to cold climate riesling and chardonnay for the best wine to enjoy with the tropical fruit.
Pisces (February 20-March 20)
What could possibly be wrong with compassionate, adaptable, accepting, devoted and imaginative pisces? Pisces who are often attuned to others and easy-going? Well, when Pisces is starting to feel off kilter you’re suddenly faced with their hypersensitive, impulsive, self-pitying side. And let’s face it, no one wants to be around this. No one. Possibly because they are a water sign and because fish need water to live, the super hydrating watermelon is just what a pisces needs to get back on track!
Your Best Bet? Since wet is the way to go with pisces, we’ve got three different wines for you to try. All rosé, remember to look for those pinks made from tempranillo, pinot noir, or any from the Provence area of France.
What’s your star sign? How do you feel about the fruit the stars think you should eat? Have you found yourself craving it? Or the corresponding suggested wines?