LePlan Rosé by FRED

Think Pink. An Introduction to French Rosé

Wine geeks used to be able to wax poetic about how awfully misunderstood rosé was. Guilty by pigmentation; pithy, dry, well-made rosés were largely ignored as thirsty drinkers assumed those pink wines would taste sweet, seem poorly made, or both. Thankfully for rosé lovers, those days are long behind us. … Read More


Why You shouldn’t Fear Screw-Capped Wine

The Cork Versus Screw Cap The French – who most often proudly seal their wine with a cork – invented the screw cap. Yep, that’s a fact. In the late 1950s French researchers created a product called “Stelcap vin,” a screw cap that was repurposed from the caps used to … Read More


Drink the Wines you Care About

When I first started getting into wine I looked for guidance; don’t we all? Someone to lead us by the hand, tell us what we should be drinking. I think it is traditional at this point to say I turned to a big name critic such as Parker, but in … Read More


Super Rhone, Super Tuscan, Whats in a Name

What the Heck is a Super Tuscan Ever had a Super Tuscan? Ever wondered what the hell that means? In short, the term can be attributed to the media and the origin of that term can be attributed to the rebels. And being a Star Wars fan, I love the … Read More


12 Basic White Grape Varieties

With hundreds of varieties of wine white grapes, there’s as much white wine information to learn about as there are white wine grapes planted in all corners of the globe. That being said, you’ll likely encounter only a handful of these grapes most often. In this white wine basics section, … Read More


BMW Marc VDS team wint de 24u Spa

Het was een zeer zware 24 uren van Spa, met wisselende weersomstandigheden, ongevallen, pace-cars en veel, heel veel goede GT wagens en piloten. Uiteindelijk zijn het dezelfde teams als vorig op de 1ste en 2de plaats, maar in omgekeerde volgorde. Beiden LePlan GT wine partners. Maar ditmaal met het BMW … Read More


Research Proves Wine Does, in Fact, Make You Sexy

Imagine a magical elixir that makes you more attractive to yourself and your date, helps you slim down, and gets you in the mood. Look no further than a glass of vino. Wine has a multitude of health benefits, including strengthening your heart and possibly lowering people’s risk for diabetes, but where wine really shines … Read More


Greek crisis could bolster wine trade

Winery owners are among the few people in Greece who haven’t been devastated by the financial crisis, and aren’t crushed by the possibility of leaving the euro. “I wish the crisis could go on the way it is now for the next 10 or 15 years,” Konstantinos Lazarakis MW said last … Read More


Half Season Break for Naomi Schiff

Naomi… from model to racing car driver! Born in Belgium, Rwandese Mother, Raised in South Africa, Vice-Champion Karting of South Africa, Chinese Clio Cup Champion and now works racing car driver KTM X-bow GT4 for Reiter Engineering Team based in Germany… The least what we can say is that Naomi … Read More


10 Ways to Tell if Your Sommelier Really Knows Wine

How to know if your sommelier is the JAY Z of wine. Sommeliers are now regular fixtures in many restaurants, but how can one determine if their suggestions are worth trusting? It turns out that you don’t have to know a lot about wine to judge a sommelier’s skills. To … Read More



Jules Bianchi 1989 – 2015   by Joe Saward. It is with great sadness that I must report the death last night of Jules Bianchi, at the age of 25. Bianchi had been in hospital in Nice since November, having been repatriated from Japan after his unfortunate collision with a … Read More



As anti-snobs, we’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no need to purchase ultra-specific glassware in order to enjoy a drink. For instance, as long as you have a good set of wine glasses, you don’t have to buy Bordeaux glasses and white wine glasses (though if you want to, go for … Read More

Domaine de l'Hortus. The Montagne Massif de l'Hortus mountain cliff. Pic St Loup. Languedoc. Mourvedre vines facing south. France. Europe. Vineyard.

Want To Buy A Vineyard In France? Here’s How Much It Costs

Are you nurturing a secret dream of becoming a vigneron in France, just like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? They bought the Chateau Miraval for a reported $60 million in 2013. You can get away with less than that but don’t count on it coming cheap. France being a centralized country that is keen on … Read More