French Economy and Industry minister Emmanuel Macron tastes wine as he visits the Salon de l'Agriculture farm fair on March 3, 2016 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET

Le Président ne veut pas qu’on “emmerde les Francais”

Loi Evin: Macron “boit du vin le midi et le soir” et ne veut pas qu’on “emmerde les Français” Il n’y aura donc pas “d’amendement pour durcir la loi” restreignant la publicité pour les boissons alcoolisées. Emmanuel Macron, qui confie “boire du vin le midi et le soir”, a annoncé jeudi … Read More


Business as usual for Brangelina at Miraval

Despite separating in 2016, it’s business as usual for actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at their Provence estate Château Miraval, as they prepare to launch their sixth and “best” vintage rosé. Marc Perrin, owner of Château de Beaucastel in the Rhône, who makes Miraval’s wines in collaboration with Pitt … Read More

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LePlan-Vermeersch heeft het weer geflikt … GT-G 2015

De INDRUKWEKKENDE reeks TOP wijnen van dit jaar hebben reeds vele medailles opgeleverd… Dirk en Ann hadden naar de Olympische Spelen moeten gaan voor België…! Van LePlan-Vermeersch hebben wij een indrukwekkende reeks wijnen mogen proeven. Elk jaar zijn Dirk en Ann Vermeersch (vader en dochter) en natuurlijk alle andere medewerkers bij die wijndomein … Read More


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


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


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


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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Water drinken helemaal niet zo gezond?

Waarom elke dag verplicht 1,5 liter water drinken helemaal niet zo gezond is ? Als er één mythe is die maar niet wil verdwijnen, dan is het deze: dat wij als mens dagelijks best 8 glazen water (tot +- 2 liter) drinken. Een gedrag dat ons dan ook nog eens door … 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


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


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


Wijnkoopgids & LePlan Suze-la-Rousse

Een paarse, blauwrode, ondoorzichtige inktderwisj die in ons glas opduikt en onze jury’s meteen inpalmde met zijn gevarieerd boeket van rijpe pruimen, griottes, zwarte kersen, laurier, zoete drop en een wolkje kaneel. Hmmmmm, zalvend vlezig en kruidig-peperig in de mond, boordevol impresies van zwart/rode kersen en bessen, versgebakken baguette, zwarte … Read More