Capricorn (DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 19)
O.K., Mr. or Miss dependable: Get ready for your year of transformation. You will discover things about yourself you may not have known to exist. Your ruler, Saturn, is in retrograde, and Pluto is tickling your karmic soul. Oh boy, does Pluto love transformation! It’s time to uncover hidden talents and explore new areas of change. I know it might be hard, but just go with it! To help this transformation, try something new. If you’re a wine Sea Goat, have a cocktail. If you’re a beer Sea Goat, have a glass of wine. And don’t be afraid to ask someone which new thing to try.
Aquarius (JANUARY 20 TO FEBRUARY 18)
The theme for Aquarius in 2017 is Love Thyself. If you focus on this, the love you seek from others will straight-up knock at your astral door. But love thyself doesn’t mean be just with thyself, feel me? Your north node is hanging out with Leo, so cherish life and build some relationships. This will help with your theme and even bring some travel into your life. Grab a new friend and share a nice bottle of medium red wine that promotes conversation. That bottle, dear water bearer, should be a Beaujolais. Made from the gamay grape, this fun, vibrant red wine with notes of violets, lilac, and crushed strawberries enjoyed with a slight chill is easy going down. It’s also not heavy on the alcohol, which helps keep the convo moving.
Pisces (FEBRUARY 19 TO MARCH 20)
Jupiter is entering Scorpio and there is fire in the air as you begin a year of travel. The potential for love is also entering the hot zone. It’s in the stars. All this is awesome but be careful because there also could be some money issues. So be prepared and before you run out of dough altogether, get the ingredients for a proper Manhattan that will last throughout the entire year. Get a big ol’ jar of maraschino cherries, a handle of a rye, and a solid vermouth. Invest in some angostura bitters and a shaker, and you’re good to go
Aries (MARCH 21 TO APRIL 19)
2017 will offer you new opportunities but stubborn Uranus has been edging into your sign since March of 2011. It has been driving your passion, which will intensify in the new year. The key is to focus that energy and sense of strong independence toward a positive path and avoid negative outbursts. To harness this, enjoy the calm power of a Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon in French roughly translates into wild and untamed, and a good, deep Cab is filled with the firm grip you seek. It’s full-bodied with big tannins but calmed by soft oak exposure, culminating in a bouquet of black currant with slight peppery notes mingling with black olives and cedar.
Taurus (APRIL 20 TO MAY 20)
Hey, Taurus, you cheeky devil you! What are you planning? What’s that secret something or other you’re building behind the scenes for 2017? It’s cool, you don’t have to tell us now. With Uranus transiting all up in your 12th house as you flex your independence behind the scenes, make sure you don’t hide for too long and miss an opportunity. While you’re spreading your silent wings, go out and find yourself an Oaxaca old fashioned while contemplating your next move. The smoke and mirrors of the mezcal and the angostura bitters mingling with the sweet natural taste of the agave will hide the hush-hush punch of the reposado.
Gemini (MAY 21 TO JUNE 20)
The new year is all about romance for you, Gemini. You are the sign about town, always with your calendar full, bouncing from group to group and event to event. But you crave something substantial in a mate. As an air sign, you are always on the search for a more intellectual connection so you can just give in. We have good news for you: The good luck and fortune of Jupiter is chillin in your romance sector. To get a sense of what that will be like, enjoy a a chilled round and buoyant Cremant de Bourgogne rosé made from the lustful Pinot Noir grape. Round and juicy with notes of strawberry and slight confection, this wine is fun but has just the right restraint with soft bubbles. You’ll thank me.
Cancer (JUNE 21 TO JULY 22)
You have a lot of changes coming at you this year, dear Cancer. And because you are all about the home life and being grounded, this is the time to surround yourself with family and friends to help you along the way. I see a lot of dinner parties in your future — hosted by you. Flex those culinary skills and make sure you have the right wine to pair with every meal. Go for a versatile Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. It is affordable and a crowd-pleaser as well as a great food wine to share with the people you care about the most as you start your new journey.
Leo (JULY 23 TO AUGUST 22)
What’s up there, natural born leader? Your sense of loyalty and dignity gets you through the day and often has a deep, positive effect on those around you. But watch out Leo; even though you have some good good lovin’ coming your way in 2017, the world around you is about to get a bit crazy, with major work and homelife changes. Even though you are a generous soul, you can sometimes get a bit smug. Stay focused and grounded, readying yourself for anything by settling into the calm power of a Scotch whiskey from Islay. The intense smokiness of the peat will curb your tendency to consume too fast and allow you to enjoy, taking life one sip at a time.
Virgo (AUGUST 23 TO SEPTEMBER 22)
Hey there, Virgo. I am sure you are spell-checking this as you read it and we love you for that. Your sense of perfection and critical analysis is dead sexy. 2017 will be a relief for you after over a year under the taskmaster that is Saturn. You will have good news coming your way via siblings and neighbors later this year, but you have to maintain these positive relationships and temper the pickiness a bit. To keep all that excess energy occupied, dive into the intricate preparation of the absinthe cocktail. Find yourself a sexy slotted absinthe spoon and a cube of sugar, and methodically drip purified water into that dram of green fairy, releasing all the aromas of fennel and anise if you do it just right. And of course we know you’ll do it just right.
Libra (SEPTEMBER 23 TO OCTOBER 22)
Hanging out with Libras, one is always in a state of playing hooky. They love to pal around, always bringing new friends into the mix, dressed to the nines and loads of fun. Lucky Jupiter has been surfing through your first solar house for months now, Libra, and I’m sure it’s been a blast! Changes are a coming, but nothing you can’t handle. A relationship may be coming to an end, only to make way for something bigger and better. While you brace for the next step, embrace your generosity with a shandy! Buy a case of good lager and a bunch of ginger beer, mix them up and pass ’em around.
Scorpio (OCTOBER 23 TO NOVEMBER 21)
Well, aren’t you just fabulous! You are about to have one of the best years of your life! Travel, discovery, and new horizons will be ushered in by the swelling good fortune of Jupiter. To take full advantage of this awesomeness, remember to review your karmic soul contracts of the past and hold on to lessons learned as you jump forward. Contemplate the past with a well-aged red wine. Looks like an affordable older Rioja is in the cards. These wines are medium-bodied and easy on the soul and the palate. You can go back almost a decade and still find a good value.
Sagittarius (NOVEMBER 22 TO DECEMBER 21)
It’s time to hunker down, you archer you, and let fate take control. With Saturn all up in your business, you may not have a choice. But fate is not a bad thing. Even though some experiences may be tough, your are a sun sign; you know how to look back and say, “it was for the best.” Batten down the finances and brace for impact with a good bottle of sherry. The salty, bone-dry, and caramel notes of a nice Oloroso will keep you grounded and last you for months, one small dose at a time.