Tag Archives: Lebanon

Arak and a hard place

Last November I was fortunate enough to have dinner in one of Beirut’s best restaurants, Em Sherif, with a group of Lebanese winemakers. There was no menu, they just bring you seemingly endless small dishes such as Kibbeh nayyeh, finely … Continue reading

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Wine in Lebanon – hope and foreboding

If you ever need a new nose for your 1983 Mercedes 230E, Chtaura in the Bekaa Valley is the place to go. It’s full of workshops keeping Lebanon’s extraordinary range of 1970s and ‘80s European and American cars on the … Continue reading

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After all that arak I felt no urge to copulate in the streets

If you look at the back of most British drinks cupboards, there will be a dusty, untouched bottle of ouzo or raki brought back from holiday. When I was a student, if we were considering broaching the ouzo, we knew … Continue reading

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Lebanon

Just as every ambitious chef needs a signature dish, so every new wine region needs a unique style. Australia came to prominence in the 80s with their own take on Syrah, Shiraz, California has Zinfandel, Argentina has Malbec and South … Continue reading

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