Wine is the most sensuous of all the alcoholic beverages. It is to be sipped slowly rather than chugged like beer. As opposed to hard liquor, which may have you wind up in jail wondering how you got there, wine’s effects are slow and subtle. It is the classiest of all intoxicants.
There’s actually a term for wine connoisseurs—“oenophiles.” It refers not only to those who collect and obsess over obscure and exotic wines, but merely people who appreciate wine’s calming effect on the mood and its usefulness as a social lubricant. In 1977, The Village Voice wrote, “Oenophilia. No, not a social disease. It’s the sensual orientation towards the pleasures of fine food and wine….”
A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that compared to those who don’t drink wine, people who take the occasional sip (or ten) are more satisfied with life and don’t experience negative emotions nearly as frequently.
Here are seven zodiac signs who, due to the stars’ effect on their personality, enjoy a bit of wine from time to time.
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.Clifton Fadiman (Taurus)
Although the Bull is known to be stubborn, this is mitigated by the fact that they are ruled by Venus, the planet that governs sensual pleasure, erotic love, and an aesthetic appreciation for the finer things in life. They love nothing more than to pop open a cork, fill a few glasses, and slip slowly into the night’s warm embrace as they share memories and laughter with a few close friends or just that certain special someone. One moment they’re sharing wine…the next, they’re sharing secrets…the next, they may even be sharing bodily fluids.
Either give me more wine or leave me alone.Rumi (Libra)
Just like Taurus, Libra is ruled by Venus, which means they seek out beauty, luxury, sensuality, and connections with others under the pale moonlight by glittering bodies of water. As one of the more sociable signs, Libra savors wine especially for its ability to dissolve differences of thought, style, politics, and all of the other things that divide human beings. Once the vino starts flowing, people are brought together in ways they never thought possible. Inhibitions are shed like clothes, but unlike hard liquor, things never get out of control. Since Libra is the sign of balance, they know how to have a good time without getting crazy.
My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink more wine.Ernest Hemingway (Cancer)
The water signs are known to enjoy alcohol just a little bit more than the other signs, and Cancer is known to feel things just a little more deeply than all the other signs, so when you pair up a Cancer with a bottle of wine, you can expect to be taken through a whole torrent of emotions. Ancient memories may be dredged up that inspire wistfulness, laughter, pain, sorrow, sentimentality, and even an unexpected newfound sense of wisdom and perspective. But one thing is for sure—when Cancer and wine get together, it will never be boring.
Men are like wine—some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.Pope John XXIII (Sagittarius)
Sagittarius is known as one of the most adventurous and free-spirited signs on the zodiac wheel, and nothing is better for piquing one’s curiosity and erasing one’s anxiety than a tall glass of Chardonnay, Merlot, or Pinot noir. Step by step and sip by sip, wine helps Sagittarius cross borders, explore untamed wildernesses, venture into uncharted territories, and slip out into the dark and wild unknown. Whether alone, with a group of friends, or with a romantic interest they just met five minutes ago, Sagittarius finds that wine makes every new experience glow just a little bit warmer.
One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.Victor Hugo (Pisces)
Another water sign who finds comfort and solace in sweet but potent liquids, Pisces finds that their sensitive, compassionate, and humanitarian nature is ignited by the red, velvety, smooth, and undeniably soothing taste of wine. Get a half a glass or more in them, and it feels as if an internal electric blanket has been switched on during the dead of winter. Long-buried emotions start to thaw out, long-forgotten thoughts bubble to the surface, and long-suppressed desires start to demand being sated. A glass of wine is all that Pisces needs to make fantasies become reality.
Wine is bottled poetry.Robert Louis Stevenson (Scorpio)
An extremely emotional water sign ruled by Mars, the planet of gladiators, Scorpio is on the only sign on this list who may get a little too tipsy even on wine. It is their unique combination of sensitivity blended with volatility that makes them the one sign who may require a sober chaperone even during a wine-tasting party. If they get a little bit too much wine in them, the tears might start flowing and the fists may start flying. But given just the right circumstances—moderation, compassion, and someone who’s willing to take them close to the edge without letting them fall over it—you may have the time of your life with a slightly wine-drunk Scorpio.
Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.Benjamin Franklin (Capricorn)
We’ve saved the most atypical entry for last. As the token busy bee of the zodiac, the sign who is responsible above all others, the one who is counting their pennies and checking items off their “To Do” list late into the night, one would hardly expect Capricorn to be the type to loosen their shoes, sit back, pour themselves a glass, put on some soft jazz, and bask in the sweet calm of a pressure-free late-night soiree. But that’s exactly why Capricorn likes an opportunity to kick back and forget about all the noise—they need it.