The Lunar Cycle – good and bad days to taste wine!
As you may have seen on the home page, there is a little symbol next to each of the tasting notes. These symbols relate to how that day has been “classified”, based on the moon moving through the twelve constellations of the zodiac in turn. The constellations are each connected to one of the four elements: Earth is root; water is leaf; air is flower; fire is fruit. This calendar was first published in the 1950s by Maria Thun, and is used as a guide to know when to sow, plant, harvest, and so on. It has also led to certain days being judged as better or worse to taste wines.
|Root Day – Very Bad||Leaf Day – Bad||Flower Day – Good||Fruit Day – Very Good|
When tasting many things will influence us, including: atmospheric pressure, your mood, the people around you, and even how dry your nasal passages are. If you are in a good mood, the sun is shining, you feel relaxed and are with friends; the wines are likely to taste better. It’s similar to the wines that people enjoy on holiday, if they bring a bottle back home they find that they don’t enjoy it as much. Personally I don’t take it too seriously, but find it quite interesting to keep track of. Have a go at home, and come to your own conclusions.