Wine and astrology meet at a bold dinner party celebrating the energetic Aries spirit of spring.
Astrology guide

Practical, loyal and stubborn, I am a stereotypical Taurus. Those traits affect my daily life more than I know, says astrologer Shelley von Strunckel, who informed me that a person's sign can influence her tastes in wine and food.

Pop Quiz

    What does the term biodynamism mean?

    • A. A method of fermenting wine
    • B. A philosophy of eco-agriculture
    • C. The name of a vineyard in Napa

        Answer: B

        I met von Strunckel recently at a dinner party arranged by a company called WineChap to celebrate the link between wine and astrology. The concept isn't as wacky as it sounds: Both biodynamic winemaking and astrology look to celestial cycles. This particular party had a seasonally appropriate focus on Aries (March 21–April 19). "It's a time of year signifying new beginnings and a zest for life," von Strunckel said.

        Chef Jimmy Bradley from Manhattan's Red Cat and the forthcoming J&S Food Hall served recipes in the Aries spirit—energetic, bold—and WineChap's Tom Harrow provided the pairings. The menu taught me a lesson: If a food-and-wine match is written in the stars, even a Taurus can love an Aries meal.

        Astrology Style for the Table

        Sign Plates

        © John Kernick

        Sign Plates
        These vintage Zodiac plates are Wedgwood's clever twist on Jasperware. From $22;

        Ram's Head

        © John Kernick

        Ram's Head
        From Jonathan Adler, the king of kitsch, this playful centerpiece makes a strong Aries statement. $225;


        © John Kernick

        Sun Tile
        Toronto artists Xenia Taler and Steven Koblinsky hand-make these tiles, perfect as trivets. $40;

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