Friday, January 21, 2011

Wine Of The Bekaa Valley

The vineyards of Chateau Kefraya
Why should wine from France, Italy and Spain get all the attention? Even the New World wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Americas have gained immense popularity through the years. Suprisingly, one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world is frequently overlooked, even though their wines are aromatic, fruit-driven and incredibly food-friendly. Yes, we're talking about Lebanon - where over 6000 years ago, the Phoenicians planted vineyards in the unique, mineral-rich soil of Bekaa Valley. Presently, Chateau Kefraya and Chateau Musar are two of the most prestigious wineries in Lebanon, exporting their wines to over 35 countries and winning numerous competitions.

Chateau Kefraya was founded by Michel de Bustros in 1946, with the first vineyard planted in 1951. In order to build his business, Bustros originally supplied grapes to other wineries, but was soon able to construct a cellar and produce wines under their own name. Chateau Kefraya's "Le Dame Blanche" is a subtly aromatic white composed of Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Chardonnay,and Viognier - all of which were grown in the Bekaa Valley. Notes of bitter almond, key lime, and green tea on the nose introduce a zesty, refreshing palate with a bright lemon flavor on the finish.

Established in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, Chateau Musar is located in the cellars of an old castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. After completing his oenology diploma in Bordeaux, his eldest son took control of the winery in 1959 and greatly expanded the business. Chateau Musar's "Cuvee Rouge" is similar in color and body to a Pinot Noir, but is a unique blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Spicy aromatics lead to delicate, earthy undertones that accent flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, cherry and cranberry.

So visit DrinkUpNY and try some delicious Lebanese Wine - you won't be disappointed!


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