Homage to a Beloved Father and a Great Winemaker with Château Héritage

We rarely ever think of losing a loved one. They are cherished, protected, and loved. Their absence is rarely ever thought of, as it is painful, and almost never planned for, as we often can’t imagine how life would be without them. The point of this post is not to get you thinking dark thoughts, nor is it to get you emotional – though it probably will – but to show you how beauty comes even out of a huge loss. And as someone who has lost her very beloved father and still mourns his loss years later, this most recent wine tour felt very close to my heart. Continue reading “Homage to a Beloved Father and a Great Winemaker with Château Héritage”

6 Independent Lebanese Wineries I Discovered around Christmas

I honestly don’t look for new wineries. Honestly, I don’t. I mean, I’m too busy trying the ones I already know about. And yet I seem to stumble upon a couple of new wineries every month or so. For instance, only last month during Christmas season, I stumbled across not one, not two, but six new Lebanese wineries. Well, I should say “new to me”, as a few of them aren’t new at all. I should also mention that while I used to be so surprised at discovering new Lebanese wineries before, nowadays I’m not surprised at all, but just excited for them. Bravo *clapping*! This teeny tiny country now has 60+ wineries. Continue reading “6 Independent Lebanese Wineries I Discovered around Christmas”

5 Lebanese Wineries You Probably Haven’t Heard of

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to ask you to set tradition aside for a moment and join me on this journey of discovering 5 Lebanese wines that you wouldn’t find lying around on a supermarket shelf… and which I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard about. Continue reading “5 Lebanese Wineries You Probably Haven’t Heard of”

The New Rosé 2016 by Aurora Winery with Andréa Geara

Welcome to Lebanon, where summer lasts well into October, and even November sometimes. While this is grave news for this Autumn time lover over here, my only consolation is Lebanese wineries offer more than a few delicious rosés to make this long hell bearable. And quite recently, a new rosé has been added to the list of blush Lebanese wines to be enjoyed in Summer 2017: Aurora Winery’s Rosé 2016. Continue reading “The New Rosé 2016 by Aurora Winery with Andréa Geara”

Obeidy Château St. Thomas with Joe-Assaad Touma

Welcome to Lebanon, one of the oldest sites of wine production in the world. Today, with about 30 vineyards in this tiny country, we produce about 600,000 cases of wine per year. Our winemakers have favored French grapes for ages – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, etc. – and have blended the Lebanese Obeide grape with the French ones for years. Yet despite having a viticulture that goes back to the Phoenicians, no one has ever created a native varietal wine from an indigenous grape, until now… Continue reading “Obeidy Château St. Thomas with Joe-Assaad Touma”