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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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Just What The Hell is Dutch Courage

Remember the time you took one look at the jerky, unfortunately muscly, buck-eighty bro at the end of the bar and decided yes, by god, you were going to fight him? Or the other time when after a few (tops, six) glasses of Cab, you took your wine-stained grin to … Read More

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LePlan is once again a proud partner of WRT

A busy and full-fledged program for Team WRT in 2016 Blancpain GT Series program expanded, with 5 cars in Sprint and 4 in Endurance, in partnership with the Belgian Audi Club WRT embraces TCR concept, both at the level of Benelux and International (with Leopard Racing) GT Sports, Trophée Andros, … 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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Meet your new Top Gear presenters!

People of the world, may we present the brand new Top Gear TV team! We are very proud to announce that racing driver Sabine Schmitz, YouTube star Chris Harris, F1 pundit Eddie Jordan and motoring journalist Rory Reid will join Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and of course, The Stig, when the show … 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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You Are Not Allergic To Sulfite

One of the things I hear frequently from people who find out I’m a technical guy for winemaking is, “I’m allergic to the sulfite in wine. What can I do?” My heart sinks when I hear this. Sulfite allergy is such an all-pervasive myth that it seems like an endless … 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

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Farewell to Champagne flutes in 2016?

Should 2016 mark the death of the Champagne flute? Sommeliers and wine experts are forsaking the flute in favour of glasses that better show off their fizz. Anne Krebiehl MW explains why you should invest in your glassware this year… Left to right: Jamesse Grand Champagne glass; Riedel Veritas Champagne … 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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Belgium’s New Favorite Beverage

As everyone know’s, Belgium’s most beloved beverage is beer.  It’s an undisputed fact considering our small nation has countless breweries across the country and many beers have their own specialized glass.  But this could change sooner than we think.  Two brothers, Jens and Jonas De Maere, are the cofounders of … 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