I love many things, sometimes a little too much — it's the Pisces in me. Two of those things happen to be red wine and astrology. Would I describe myself as an expert in either? Not at all. Do I love the heck out of them, regardless? Absolutely.
So when I received H3 Wines' horoscope pairing, where they use your zodiac sign to pair you with the perfect bottle of wine, I was all about it. H3 Wines is the sister project of Columbia Crest Winery in Paterson, Washington. They partnered with New York City-based astrologer Lisa Stardust to create these horoscopes to guide each zodiac signs wine experience.
These horoscopes predict what you can expect leading into 2021, which is especially poignant right now, given all that has happened in 2020. Now, if you're not into astrology or your horoscope, I definitely would not recommend this. But for those of you who are, and also happen to love wine, this wine + horoscope pairing can not only introduce you to a new line of wine (if you've never had H3 before) but also offer you some time to reflect on what is going on in your personal life, as well as the world around you.
At least, that's what happened for me. I tried it.
I woke up on Monday, Sept. 14, with anxiety that I can only describe as a weighted blanket, but with the opposite desired effect.
Anxiety is something I deal with daily, and something I've learned to cope with as I've grown up. But with 2020 being as unpredictable and tumultuous as its been, anxiety has been manifesting itself in me in some wild ways — even the dental hygenist who cleaned my teeth this summer told me she could see the impacts of stress on my gums (I wish I was lying). I'm not going to get into the details because 2020 has been challenging on all of us, but I will say I've been thinking a lot about my choices and actions, about how I am spending my time and energy, and with whom; about how I want to live my life moving forward, about being intentional. It's been a challenging inner journey, but a necessary one.
Later that night, I talked to one of my best friends and didn't know if I should bring all of this up or not, but we actually ended up having a conversation about it because it's something that we are both dealing with at the moment. I felt better leaving that conversation and decided this was as good a time as any to try this wine and horoscope pairing.
My sun sign is Pisces since I was born in early March. Pisces are empathetic, sensitive, imaginative daydreamers, among other characteristics. I could get into my rising and moon signs (hello to all my fellow Leos), but for this experience, it was based on sun signs. When it comes to wine, I'm easy — red wine, that's it. If it's red, odds are I will enjoy it. I do tend to lean more toward a Cabernet, but I'm not too picky. For this experience, Pisces are paired with an H3 2017 Merlot. I haven't always been super hot on Merlot, but I do love a deep, bold red, and this didn't disappoint. It was just dry enough for my tastes with the hints of cherry and vanilla standing out.
My horoscope, however, was the thing that resonated with me most.
"Embrace your chameleon vibes and soft energy. You're not in the mood to talk with your friends and family all day, as you're focusing your energies on yourself this winter. You'll find that your seasonal solitude is absolutely fine because you're focusing on yourself for once, taking time to relax here and there with a glass of H3 Merlot. By spring, you'll have more pep in your step and opt to be more social in the first days of summer."
The aforementioned contemplation I've been going through? A big part of that focused on my emotional, physical and mental wellbeing and making that my top priority for the rest of the year. If you don't believe in astrology and horoscopes, that's fine. But, man, this couldn't have rung more true fo me. The rest of the evening, I sat and drank that Merlot, wrote in my journal and reflected — something I really, really needed. Could I have done this without this wine + horoscope pairing? Probably. Was it more fun this way? Hell yeah.
If you'd like to try it for yourself, here's the wine pairing and horoscopes for each sign:
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
H3 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon: Like the H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, fire signs are robust with big personalities. Their fiery passions are mirrored by the peppery spice of H3 Cabernet Sauvignon (which is why it's their wine of choice). The blackcurrant undertones in this wine pop like fruity fireworks. This bold red will be by your side as fire signs start living their dreams out loud. It's a great companion as they become motivated to pursue their innermost visions into physical reality — cheers to inspiring oneself and starting visions.
Aries: Aries passionate sentiments will enjoy the richness of the H3 Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromatic flavors will pair well with your fiery desires. With your passions ignited, you'll step up your loyalties in the spring. Like big, bold Cab, this summer, you'll see a boost to your confidence, helping you assert your feelings with others, making you extra fearless, throughout the end of 2021.
Leo: Comfortable as the center of attention, your spirited nature always likes to be the life of the party. Even if you can't throw a party in real life with your squad this autumn, you can raise a glass and toast in your honor during the upcoming months. Your generous heart will even want to share a bottle in the spring to show off your loyal heart.
Sagittarius: The H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect wine to warm your heart with this autumn, as it's succulent and bouncy flavors will speak to your adventurous palate. You'll want to expand your mind and heart throughout 2021, and the H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is a fun companion as you rise to new heights in the coming year. Relish in the fruits, spices, and essences of H3 Cabernet Sauvignon in 2021.
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
H3 2018 Red Blend: Earth signs are low key and no fuss, which is why they will be drawn to the H3 Red Blend for its straightforward, beautiful, and silky flavor. In fact, they prefer to drink a wine that's right to the point and has a full body that's rich with flavor. This is a good wine to sip on during fall months as you seek to find your inner peace, which will lead you to inspire yourself towards creative greatness and build an empire of your own. You will also find solace and peace throughout the seasons of 2021 with this red wine as a companion.
Taurus: It's time for you to boss up. Sip this delicious Red Blend under the autumnal skies and meditate on your dreams for 2021. The summer promises to propel your professional star forward, leading to a big financial payoff. Cheers to your fabulousness.
Virgo: The H3 Red Blend is the perfect wine for you to drink while being curled up in bed with your significant other this fall. In fact, the aroma will seduce your senses throughout the year and will even serve as the perfect complement to any romantic meal for two in the winter (when your heart will be consumed with love). You'll find that the spices in the Red Blend can be an exciting addition to romantic moments throughout the spring and summer as you head towards a deeper commitment in 2021.
Capricorn: Transformation is headed your way this year. The H3 Red Blend will prove to be the best wine as you move towards growth. You'll be able to use new insights to elevate your professional status in the spring and summer, and the H3 Red Blend will be your go-to drink as you as you wind down after a hard day's work. This wine will be a nice companion while you walk through the winds of change in 2021.
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
H3 2017 Merlot: Water signs are known for their emotionality and intuition. They'll enjoy a glass of Merlot with rich, deep flavors. With the sultry mix of vanilla, plum, and cherries, the H3 Merlot is a great match for autumn. As your intuitions activate this fall, unlock your truest desires under the autumnal skies, leading to a fruitful 2021, which will be a year or amazement for these sea creatures.
Cancer: You are looking for love in 2021. But, before you open your heart to someone else, it's important that you focus on your romantic needs and wants. Grab a glass of H3 Merlot and take some time to reflect on your desires. In the spring, you to feel confident in taking the leap towards looking for a romance. Cheers to adventures in love.
Scorpio: Creativity is in the air for you this year, and the sky's the limit. This year, you'll be able to find your artistic center and craft projects that you are proud of. H3 Merlot pairs well with your complex and edgy visions, merging into the material world in the autumn.
Pisces: Embrace your chameleon vibes and soft energy. You're not in the mood to talk with your friends and family all day, as you're focusing your energies on yourself this winter. You'll find that your seasonal solitude is absolutely fine because you're focusing on yourself for once, taking time to relax here and there with a glass of H3 Merlot. By spring, you'll have more pep in your step and opt to be more social in the first days of summer.
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
H3 2019 Rosé: Air signs are known to be the pixies of the zodiac. Mischievous at times, they are always communicating their desires while seeking universal truths and justices. Therefore, they need a wine that is as clear and straightforward as their beliefs and actions. Rosé is a fresh, fruity, and light-bodied wine, perfect to sip on as air signs seek to understand their emotions and find the right words to express their sentiments, due to its chill, refreshing, and flavorful nature. A glass of Rosé is a great complement during Mercury's moonwalk during the months ahead. Cheers to keeping a clear mind and not getting tongue-tied in 2021.
Gemini: Known for your dualistic personality, you'll want a Rosé that can keep up with your ever-changing moods and desires. In the upcoming year, you will find the strength to calm your anxieties, allowing you to move forward in any direction you choose. Enjoy the occasional glass of H3 Rosé as you pause for some me-time. Embrace your innate qualities and desires and keep focused on attaining your goals throughout 2021.
Libra: As a romantic, you seduce your palate with fresh and fruity wines. You especially like light wines that have a burst of flavor. The H3 Rosé is a great match for your tender sentiments, making it ideal for your ever-growing heart. The world is your party in 2021, which is why H3 Rosé is the perfect match for the good vibes coming your way.
Aquarius: Walking to the beat of your own drum is important to you, as you never embrace the mundane and played out versions of life. H3 Rosé is an exciting blend for your inquisitive mind. In the spring, you will find the courage to take major leaps of faith, all of which will lead you towards success in the summer. You'll achieve amazing things this year if you believe in yourself. Wind down with an occasional glass of H3 Rosé along the way.