At the risk of sounding like a complete cliche, winter is coming. This means this redheaded person cannot wait to get knee deep in red wine. Who’s as excited as I am? Well, it’s OK if you’re not, just smile at my excitement and keep reading… you will be.
My favorite thing about red Lebanese wines is that you have so many options to choose from. You have cheap Lebanese wines to enjoy at home, pretty bottles to impress your host, and bottles by Lebanese wineries no one has heard of to discover with friends. Now, if you’re curious – and I have a feeling you are – here are the first 5 red Lebanese wines I will be breaking into this winter season. I haven’t tried any of these before, but I’ve done my research. I have also included prices and tasting notes under each wine, just in case you feel like buying one and virtually joining me for a glass!
Chateau Oumsiyat – Le Passionne 2009
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Pairs well with meats and strong cheeses.
Clos de Cana – Pinot Noir de Cana 2009
Pairs well with Italian food, poultry, and soft cheeses.
Taste notes: red berries and sweet spices.
Chateau Barka – Barka Red 2012
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Pairs well with cold cuts and strong cheeses, as well as meat and Italian food.
Taste notes: Ripe, red fruits.
Chateau Ka – Cadet de Ka 2013
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Pairs well with green salads, BBQs, and light dishes.
Taste notes: fruits and spices.
Chateau Kefraya – Nectar de Kefraya 2009
Oops! I cheated. Only slightly. I mean, this is a rose, but a deep colored rose. So it could totally pass for a red. You know… if you convince yourself it is.
Taste notes: Honey, walnuts, caramel, vanilla, hazelnuts, and cooked chocolate.
So tell me, I’m really quite interested, what red Lebanese wine will you be having this winter? And have you tried any of these? Share with me new Lebanese wines and wineries – or old ones that you really love – and I’ll try them.
I’ll see you soon in another glass of red!