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Record exports of French wine and spirits

French exports of wines and spirits broke a new “historical” record in 2017, with an increase of one billion euro in overseas sales compared to 2016, the Federation of Exporters announced. Last year, in total, France shipped 198,6 million 12-bottle cases (2.383.200.000 btls) of wine and spirits worldwide, 5% more … Read More

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The alcoholic drink that’s even better for you than wine

In fact, whiskey is so good for you it’s basically medicine (you’re welcome!). It seems like every other day there’s a new article extolling the benefits of red wine (or white wine, or all the wine). I see all my friends sharing them back and forth on each other’s timelines and being like, “time … Read More

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Prehistoric wine discovered in ancient Sicilian culture

Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves, filled with hot sulfuric vapors. At lower levels, these caves average 99 degrees Fahrenheit and … Read More

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Secret Marijuna Plantation Discovered in Vineyard

A vineyard operator has been found guilty of cultivating more than 100 cannabis plants and concealing them alongside vines at his estate in Berri, South Australia. Police stumbled upon the conspicuous crop, hidden among the vineyard, while responding to reports of ‘gunshots’ from a nearby winery, as reported by The Advertiser.  … Read More

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In the mirror – vodka or gin?

Once seemingly-unstoppable vodka is in decline, and as if in a mirror image, gin is on the rise, worldwide.  Unthinkable ten years ago, vodka will lose about 1.5% of global share in the run up to 2021. By contrast, gin was always seen as a sector with little opportunity for growth: too old fashioned, … Read More

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Women and Wine: How Alcohol Affects Female Health

Alcohol consumption affects women differently, offering both additional concerns and benefits Men and women are different—you probably knew that—and that’s true when it comes to wine and health. Alcohol impacts women differently than it does men, from first sip to metabolism to recovery. That means it’s important for women to … Read More

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Cork Makers are Suffering from Kodak Syndrome

Cork producers are suffering from ‘Kodak syndrome’ and are struggling to accept that the market has moved beyond natural cork, according to one leading closures producer. During a recent visit to Vinventions’ HQ in Belgium, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing for Europe, Fabrice Chevallet, told db: “Natural cork … Read More

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Fifty Shades of Wine : vin et sexe font de bons amants

Avant tout, je tiens à rappeler que l’abus d’alcool est mauvais pour la santé et qu’il doit être consommé avec modération. Les valeurs présentées dans cet article sont purement théoriques et ne constituent pas un idéal à atteindre. De plus, le ton explicite qui va être utilisé dans cet article … Read More

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Wine Advocate & LePlan Suze-la-Rousse

LePlan-Vermeersch’s 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Suze La Rousse racesahead of the pack this year, powered by scents of garrigue and ripe cherries. This 50/50 blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre is full-bodied and supple, firming up and delivering a bit of warmth on the long finish. Drink it over the … Read More

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Guide Hachette & LePlan Suze-la-Rousse

Dirk Vermeersch, ancien pilote automobile flamand, a créé son vignoble en 2000 – aujourd’hui 25 hectares en bio. Une bonne référence de la Vallée Méridionale. Mi-syrah, Mi-mourvédre, cette cuvée à la robe sombre séduit par son nez complexe et subtil associant fruits noirs, épices douces et poivre. Ces arômes se … Read More

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Decanter Magazine & LePlan Suze-la-Rousse

The new Côtes du Rhône Villages Suze-La-Rousse appellation is set for great things, if this exceptional wine from LePlan-Vermeersch is anything to go by. A blend off Syrah and Mourvédre, it faithfully captures the warmth and sunshine of the Rhône Valley. Complex and attractive brambly fruit and spice-box notes. Luscious, … Read More

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Guillaume Jourdan : Wine = Sex

Enough with performance, long live pleasure!   For some months now the specialised wine press has talked of little else. Whether it is an article entitled “How to Talk About Wine in Seven Crucial Words” about the latest book by Matt Kramer, Contributing Editor of the American magazine Wine Spectator, … Read More

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The quest for the perfect holiday gift

Aaaah, the holiday season… getting gifs in crowded stores … We have the perfect solution for you : LePlan Online Store (delivery time is approx. one week) Getting a gift for your boyfriend/girl, husband/wife, lover or grandparents during the holidays can be quite stressful. Reading their mind is basically impossible, but … Read More

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NATURAL WINE IS A RUNAWAY TRAIN…

… AND IT MIGHT BE TIME TO HIT THE BRAKES There is no official Natural Wine Movement. I think that’s why so many people struggle with it. Natural wines are not as codified as, for example, biodynamicfarming, where in order to use the term you need to undergo rigorous certification. There are no … Read More