WINE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR..

Wine buffs are obsessed with vintages. The Chinese zodiac is annual, like a wine vintage, not monthly as in the western horoscope and is based on a lunar year. 


Chinese New Year starts today, 10th February 2013, beginning a Year of the Snake.


Here are wine recommendations for the signs of the Chinese zodiac. 
 
People born in the Year of the Snake are deep. They say little and possess great wisdom. Wine match – Tokaji


People born in the Year of the Horse are popular. They are cheerful and perceptive. Wine match – New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc


People born in the Year of Sheep are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. Wine match – Chateau Lafite


People born in the Year of the Monkey are skilfull, flexible and remarkably inventive. Wine match – reds from Languedoc-Roussillon


People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers, capable and talented. Wine match – vintage Port


People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature.  Wine match – South African Chenin Blanc


People born in the Year of the Pig are chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do with strength. Wine match – Barossa Shiraz


People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction from the opposite sex. Wine match – Krug Champagne


People born in the Year of the Ox are slow moving and taciturn yet inspire confidence in others. Wine match – Barolo


People born in the Year of the Tiger are sensitive, given to deep thinking and capable of great sympathy. Wine match – Alsace Riesling


People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented and ambitious with excellent taste. Wine match – pale pinks from Provence


People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered and stubborn. Wine match – Rioja Gran Reserva

To read about Chinese wine and wine in China, see here.  Also see the excellent website of Hong Kong based wine expert, Debra Meiburg MW. 


To see your Chinese zodiac year, see here. Zodiac characteristics from 12chinesezodiacsigns.com.


(photo – Pumpkincat210 / Flickr Creative Commons)

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