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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


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


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


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


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


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



… 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


10 Reasons Why Drinking Gin Can Actually Be Good for You

Alcohol isn’t exactly considered a healthy lifestyle choice; more often than not, it’s associated with empty calories and bad decisions. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few benefits to drinking in moderation. In fact, gin is a liquor with a wealth of potential benefits to offer. So read on, … Read More


Wine labels should list all additives

Wine labels should list all additives, says France’s first female Master of Wine France’s first female Master of Wine has called for additives in wine to be listed on bottles Wine additives such as extracts of dried fish bladders and animal pancreases should be listed on bottle labels to discourage … Read More

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Gilles Magnus wins the 24 Hours of Zolder

The 17 year-old LePlan GT junior driver Gilles Magnus claims victory in the Eleven Sports 24 Hours of Zolder and becomes the youngest winner ever in this Belgian Limburg classic event. Victory in the Scuderia Monza by DVB RACING Norma M20FC with Jeffrey Van Hooydonk, Christoff Corten and the Hans and … Read More

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(EN) LePlan GT … Gin-Tonic

LePlan-Vermeersch Premium Belgica Gin   History: Gin is an alcoholic drink that is made by the distillation of a fermented grain batter. By adding juniper berries it receives its specific taste. The flavour of ordinary gin is very dry, therefore it is often mixed with tonic; the famous GT (Gin-Tonic) … Read More