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Which Rose are you?

Which Rose wine do you prefer? Summer is here and makes us thirsty… We have 3 rose wines in our store: The Classic LePlan Grenache 0.75 L is what we call a Fruity rose, it has fresh notes of cherry and crushed strawberry. And in the mouth you experience a crisp beginning … Read More

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Why I don’t want to be a winemaker…

Jefford on Monday: Why I’m not a wine-grower. At a time of year when many people nourish wine-making dreams, Andrew Jefford provides a reality check. Why I don’t want to be a winemaker… When those I meet on my travels find out that I live in the Languedoc, they often ask … Read More

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BREAKING … GOLD Medals for All Red LePlan GT wines

We are proud to announce that All our red LePlan GT wines in the Vin de France denomination have been awarded with a Gold Medal in the famous Concours Mondial Brussels. All from 2014 vintage. In total 8750 wines have been tasted by the international jury…

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Interview Naomi Schiff

Naomi Schiff (born in Belgium, raised in South Africa and currently living in Germany) is young (21), gorgeous and fast. She gets to race the KTM X-Bow GT4, is the happiest at circuit Spa Francorchamps, looks up to idol Lewis Hamilton, isn’t intimidated by men and hardly cracks under pressure. Where and … Read More

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Decoding French Wine Labels and Terms

Learn useful information about French wine (by looking at the label) to find out what the wine is made of and what quality level it is. One of the more confusing wine regions to delve into is France because it’s so hard to know what you’re buying based on the … Read More

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Wine in China, a conversion is needed. Part I

“A big mistake is to constantly target wine lovers. We should convert the non-wine drinker”. This quote from Judy Chan, President of Grace Vineyard in the Shanxi province of northern China, was met with much agreement and a question from the floor. In a thick Australian accent came the question … Read More

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7 Reasons Not To Buy From Independent Wine Merchants

1) The wines will have character Are you used to boring and bland supermarket wines that are designed to dumb down your wine knowledge? Well, dear creature of habit, independent wine shop wines might shake things up – and nobody likes change. Best to stick to what you know: bad … Read More

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What Not to Publish on Your Stupid Wine Blog in 2016

“A satirist is never certain whether he/she will be acclaimed or punished.”― Edgar Johnson What Not to Publish on Your Stupid Wine Blog in 2016 Here we go, a January tradition. This year, pay closer attention… Ooooh, a new study shows that the alcohol percentage listed on bottles of wine … Read More

All About Orange Wine

Orange wine is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t referring to a wine made with oranges nor is it a Mimosa cocktail (a blend of 1 part orange juice to 2 parts sparkling wine.) Orange wine is something entirely different. TIP: Orange wines have zero additives: they’re vegan, … Read More

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What Have Waft and LePlan in Common?

WAFT is a small, independent publishing house from Belgium, specialised in high quality books on car design and car culture. The latest publication, ‘WAFT 3, Small is beautiful.’ again offers 256 pages full of great photography, exclusive stories, great drives, tantalising reports and above all, a unique view. WAFT is … Read More

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The rise of the lighter-coloured red wine

What’s the most interesting development in the world of wine? Single-variety Vinho Verde? Rosé in magnum? No, for me, it’s the rise of lighter-coloured red wines. And this is quite a new thing, and a big thing. When I started out drinking wine seriously, back in the mid-1990s, bigger was … Read More

In this Jan. 25, 2014 photo, a man pours a glass of Erasmo wine at the Reserva de Caliboro vineyard in Maule Valley, Chile. A bold new wave of independent vintners are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Glass of Red Wine Equals 1 Hour at Gym, New Study Says

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Huffington Post on Friday reported on a new study out of The University of Alberta that shows that drinking a glass of red wine may have the same affect on the body as an hour at the gym. A component in the wine, resveratrol, was … Read More

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13 best orange wines

Orange is the new white in the wine-drinking world Orange wines – so named because of their colour rather than their contents – are white wines made using the same principles and methods as red. The skins are left on, producing tannins and leaving the wine spicier, herbier and drier … Read More

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Guide to Carignan: The Food Wine

Carignan (“care-in-yen”) wines have long been known for value, however as the world’s vineyards age it has finally become known for quality. Its fruit-forward red fruit and baking spice flavors, along with subtle notes of umami, make it the perfect food wine. The Guide to Carignan Wine Read more about … Read More

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Zut alors! English fizz trumps champagne in blind wine tasting

Two English sparkling wines, made from grapes grown in Hampshire and Sussex, have beaten some of champagne’s best-known names to win first and second place in a blind tasting. Hambledon Classic Cuvée and Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 both scored more points than wines from Pol Roger, Veuve Clicquot and Taittinger … Read More