Fall 2012

Vinestrology

Madame Terroir has studied the lees in the bottom of a vat of Merlot to tell your fortune and recommend a wine, with some help from Fresh Press Northwest's tasting notes

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Thoughts of your first crush -- not a love interest, an actual winery crush -- lead you to the strawberries and Bing cherries of a Torii Mor Winery 2009 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your aura is looking rather pink. Perhaps it's craving a Sleeping Dog Wines' 2011 Malbec Rose from the Yakima Valley and a piece of souvlaki. Madame Terroir is one-eighth Greek; she knows these things.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Something is telling you -- perhaps this very sentence -- that you need a good blast, a boom of plums, red cherry and pomegranate from a Boomtown 2009 Merlot.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You had a dream recently of riding a horse over a heavenly hill. Your dream is telling you to buy a bottle of Robert Karl Cellars 2009 Syrah from the Horse Heaven Hills. It'll fill your tastebuds' saddlebag with Marionberry, blueberry and blackberry.

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Aquarius: (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The water carrier is called to a stream, no a creek, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards' 2011 Gewuerztraminer from the Okanagan Valley, flowing with aromas of tropical fruit, peach cobbler, kiwi and sweet tea.

Pisces: (Feb. 19-March 20): You lucky number this month is 7; I see it so clearly that I see two 7s. A Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2008 Reserve 7 red blend, from B.C., bringing to the palate tastes of currant, followed by Bing cherry and dried cranberry. Buy a lottery ticket with lots of 7s. You won't win, but who cares, you've got this tasty glass of wine.

Aries: (March 21-April 19): The strong-headed ram demands a strong-headed wine, Cathedral Ridge Winery's 2009 Bordheauxd Head Red from the Columbia Valley. Imagine Aries picking its way over slatelike tannins to reach the mountain berry acidity.

Taurus: (April 20-May 20): Farm boys know how to quiet bulls like Taurans. Farm Boy Wines 2010 Upland Vineyard Viognier off Snipes Mountain will calm the beast with a Creamsicle aroma and notes of mangoes, cream soda, lime and pineapples.

Gemini: (May 21-June 20): There's that number 7 again, but it's on a playing card. Is this your card? A Seven of Hearts' 2010 Coupe's Cuvee Pinot Noir Dessert Wine from the Willamette Valley, calling your bluff as it leads with aromas of raspberry fruit leather, woodruff, fresh mint and cigar leaf.

Cancer: (June 21-July 22): Life has been a wild goose chase for you lately, I know. So make the chase worthwhile with a bottle of Wild Goose Vineyards' 2011 God's Mountain Riesling from the Okanagan Valley with 1.2 percent residual sugar and bright acidity to help you catch your breath.

Leo: (July 23-Aug. 22): A cat like you thinks boldly, drinks boldly from Pondera Winery's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley. Its rich flavors of black cherries, blackberries, blueberries and chocolate demands grilled meats, but very rare, of course.

Virgo: (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The virgin, innocent, but not so sweet as to be cloying, recalling Abacela's 2011 Muscat from the Umpqua Valley with aromas of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, cotton candy and apple. And she's hard to get; you can only enjoy her in the tasting room.

This story was originally published September 15, 2012 12:00 AM.

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