Straight stars


The Georgia Straight - - Urban living - Kur­tis Kolt

AMay 3 to 9, 2018

rel­a­tively smooth and straight­for­ward end to the work­week is on the ros­ter. Al­though some can’t and some can, most of us will be in the mood to ditch work early on Fri­day.

Satur­day can be pro­duc­tive, thanks to the tran­sit­ing moon in Capri­corn. There can be some­thing to work through. Take care of busi­ness. It’s good to get it said, done, and out of the way. Sun­day, the Aquar­ius moon aims for some­thing fresh. Re­plen­ish your­self in what­ever way works best for you.

Mon­day, stay open; stay cre­ative. Go with what is read­ily avail­able and don’t put your­self un­der un­nec­es­sary pres­sure. If you feel at a loss, don’t make a choice; ride it out.

Tues­day is the bet­ter day to set wheels in mo­tion. The sun’s op­po­si­tion to Jupiter can put more peo­ple and more money on the move. Shop around, travel, get a move on. The sun’s op­po­si­tion to Jupiter calls for more eval­u­a­tion, ques­tion­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing, or soul-search­ing. Emo­tion­ally or ma­te­ri­ally, what’s it truly worth? Are ex­pec­ta­tions real? This plan­e­tary pair­ing can ex­pose, mo­ti­vate, or cap­ti­vate. They can make things more ob­vi­ous. They can also re­verse a trend and/or take you from a mi­nus to a plus. Hold­ing favourable as­pects to Mer­cury and Uranus, Tues­day’s moon in Aquar­ius sets a good back­drop for at­tend­ing a class or event: en­joy some­thing so­cial; look for­ward and plan ahead.

Next Wednes­day/thurs­day, the tran­sit­ing moon slips into Pisces, cre­at­ing a qui­eter, more fluid at­mos­phere. Go easy on your­self and oth­ers too. Al­low for things to take their nat­u­ral course. The flow is good.


March 20–April 19

Busi­ness and per­sonal, use Fri­day/satur­day to get the job done. Tend to the pri­or­i­ties. If it isn’t nec­es­sary, don’t add it to the list. Sun­day, take the morn­ing off and re­lax. Mon­day/tues­day is best used for con­nect­ing and catch-up, for mar­ket­ing, ex­plor­ing, er­rands, or travel. The rest of the work­week can evap­o­rate be­fore you know it. The go­ing should prove mostly smooth.

TAU­RUS April 20–May 20

You should feel you have it un­der good con­trol through Satur­day. Sun­day, sleep in; chill out. You de­serve a day off. Mon­day/tues­day, aim to hit it full tilt and/or get the show on the road. Wednes­day/thurs­day are easy nav­i­gat­ing. The stars set up a fluid and flow­ing back­drop. Put your charm of­fen­sive into ac­tion. Use th­ese days to sell it or sweet-talk them.


May 21–June 21

Qual­ity over quan­tity is the right aim. Through Satur­day, stick to the tried and true: say less and demon­strate more; min­i­mize ex­penses and out­put; don’t waste your time on the un­nec­es­sary or mar­ginal. Sun­day, give in, re­lax, and ease up; en­joy yoga or med­i­ta­tion. Mon­day, take it as it comes. Tues­day, there’s fur­ther to go and more to know, pon­der, ex­plore, spend, or choose from.

CAN­CER June 21–July 22

Stay on top of it; be re­sults­driven and see the end of the week to a pro­duc­tive close. Satur­day can re­quire an added push. Sun­day, take it as it comes: re­lax and cre­ate; en­joy com­pany or spend it on your own. The week ahead is mostly par for the course. Tues­day to Thurs­day, go by feel; reach out and set it in mo­tion.


July 22–Au­gust 22

Fri­day/satur­day can keep you work­ing or work­ing at it, but you know there’s good value in the act. You should see sub­stan­tial gains for your ef­forts. Sun­day, go with the flow. Mon­day/tues­day, dive into some­thing fresh. Let stream of con­scious­ness or spon­tane­ity dic­tate the play. You could spend, divulge, or dig up more. Wednes­day is a quiet day. Time can evap­o­rate, nicely so.


Au­gust 22–Septem­ber 22

Set your­self to task; take charge and you’ll have some­thing sub­stan­tial to bank on through Satur­day. Sun­day, let your­self off the hook; re­plen­ish spir­i­tu­ally and phys­i­cally. Ro­mance or a cre­ative project hits the spot too. Mon­day/tues­day delivers an ac­tiv­ity and so­cial up­swing. Tues­day brings you some­thing more. Go for it; take it on—but also know you can pay/spend more or ex­pect too much.


Septem­ber 22–Oc­to­ber 23

Home, fam­ily, or pro­fes­sional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are the fo­cus through Satur­day, but you should feel you that you can stay on an even keel and that you are gain­ing good ground on most fronts. Sun­day, ease up and re­lax. Mon­day to Thurs­day keep you on a pos­i­tive/lu­cra­tive up­swing. You’ll find your­self well in sync and hit­ting it just right. Ideas and con­ver­sa­tions main­tain a good flow.


Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 21

Take charge and call the shots; have it/do it your way. Thurs­day through Satur­day, the get­ting is good. Sun­day, let the spirit move you. Mon­day/tues­day, you’re quick on the ball. Pow­ered up by the sun, Jupiter in Scor­pio takes you deeper into the process, con­ver­sa­tion, ques­tion­ing, or soulsearch­ing. Your in­tu­itive radar and power of per­sua­sion is on full dial-up.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS Novem­ber 21–De­cem­ber 21

Put your time and money to good use through Satur­day. Fin­ish it and reap the re­ward. Sun­day, take it as it comes. Mon­day/tues­day, the stars pick up the pace. Mo­ti­va­tion is in am­ple sup­ply. Sun/jupiter clues you in to more and gives you a deeper read on your­self, on it, on them. Take it fur­ther. You’ll make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pres­sion on them or vice versa.

CAPRI­CORN De­cem­ber 21–Jan­uary 19

Thurs­day night through Satur­day, the tran­sit­ing moon in Capri­corn puts you in the driver’s seat. You’re the boss. Take charge; make it hap­pen. Sun­day, take your hands off the steer­ing wheel. Take it as it comes. Mon­day/tues­day, con­ver­sa­tion, con­nec­tion, and good ideas are on ready spark. Sun/jupiter keeps ev­ery­thing on the up­swing. Next Wednes­day/thurs­day are built for ease.


Jan­uary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18

Min­i­mize out­side dis­trac­tions. A quiet or out-of-sight place to work, to spend your qual­ity time, or to catch up with your­self is ideal through Satur­day. Sun­day sees the start of an en­ergy perk-me-up. By Mon­day/tues­day, the op­por­tu­nity peak of the week, you’ll be on a full reload. Wednes­day/thurs­day are smooth-rolling.


Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20

Busi­ness, plea­sure, and profit mix well through Satur­day. The moon in Capri­corn en­hances clear-mind­ed­ness, good or­ga­ni­za­tion, and de­ci­sion-mak­ing skill. We may not see so much of you—that’s be­cause you have stuff to get at. Sun­day through Tues­day keeps life on the move. Next Wednes­day/ Thurs­day, the Pisces moon en­hances re­source­ful­ness and keeps you mo­tor­ing along well.

Van­cou­ver’s Meet restau­rants (with lo­ca­tions on Main Street and in Gas­town) was first in line for Cana­dian dis­tri­bu­tion of Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany Be­yond Meat’s plant-based burger pat­ties.

Yep, among the many pre­sen­ta­tions, the tak­ing of notes, and in­ter­views with wine­mak­ers, there was in­deed cheer to be had, and is any­thing cheerier than a glass of sparkling wine? Not to the Ger­mans, who con­sume more than 25 per­cent of its global pro­duc­tion, of­ten re­fer­ring to it as Sekt when it is homegrown. From schinken­speck to schnitzel to stinky cheese, there’s plenty of food to wash down with the stuff, and many of them are just fine on their own, thank you very much.

Out of the Mosel re­gion, Dr. Loosen Sparkling Ries­ling NV ($16.99, B.C. Liquor Stores) con­tin­ues to be a de­pend­able pour year after year. It’s made in the Char­mat style, where the sec­ond fer­men­ta­tion takes place in a tank (rather than the tra­di­tional method, or Cham­pagne style, where it hap­pens in the bot­tle). Al­though there are more than 27 grams of resid­ual sugar in the wine, there’s also gen­er­ous acid­ity, which keeps all those An­jou pears, grilled peaches, and notes of lemon curd aloft.

Speak­ing of the Mosel, I had a chance to catch up with wine­maker Nik Weis, whose fam­ily’s St. Ur­ban­shof win­ery has been the stuff of leg­end for gen­er­a­tions. His Old Vines Ries­ling 2016 ($26.49, B.C. Liquor Stores), out of sed­i­men­tary soils, has well-con­cen­trated fruit—in­clud­ing lime, pink grape­fruit, and mango—with a good stony min­er­al­ity and vi­brant acid­ity.

Al­though it’s been a cou­ple of years since his last (rel­a­tively reg­u­lar) visit to Van­cou­ver (he says to say hi to ev­ery­one and is push­ing to re­turn soon), there’s an ex­tra kin­ship his fam­ily has with our re­gion. Some of our more fa­mous Okana­gan old-vine Ries­lings from the likes of Sum­mer­hill Pyra­mid Win­ery, Tan­talus Vine­yards, and Sper­ling Vine­yards were cut­tings brought over from St. Ur­bans-hof’s nurs­ery in 1978, mak­ing them 40 years old now that we’re in vin­tage 2018!

Of course, we ven­tured be­yond Mosel wines, with one of the days cen­tred around the Pfalz re­gion. It’s the sec­ond-largest Ger­man grow­ing re­gion, next to the Rhein­hessen (which sits north of it), while the French re­gion of Al­sace is sit­u­ated to the south.

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