LEBANON

Season 5, Episode 5

Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest wine regions, full of resilient people, ancient winegrowing heritage, and fresh cuisine that rivals any gastronomy on the planet! Besides having a robust winegrowing history, the country’s Mediterranean climate and mountainous terrain produce a host of delicious, fresh wines, from crisp indigenous white grapes like Obeidy and Merwah to rich, spicy blends of Cabernet and Syrah. Plus, the food is some of the most flavorful in the world, and the people have a zest for life. Join Vince and his brother Brandon as they explore Lebanon’s history, culture, food, and wine!

filmed September, 2023     |     runtime 69 minutes


WINES

from the Lebanon episode

*wines can often be found at wine.com or Vivino.

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Château Ksara
Merwah

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Château Ksara
Reserve du Couvent

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Château Ksara
Le Souverain



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Château St. Thomas
Obeidy

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Château St. Thomas
Rouge

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Château St. Thomas
Pinot Noir


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IXSIR
Altitudes White

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IXSIR
EL IXSIR

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Chateau Musar
White

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Chateau Musar
Red

LOCATIONS & WINERIES

from the Lebanon episode


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BEIRUT

You'll be flying into Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, which is an excellent place to make a home base as you explore. Beirut is in the country's center, and everything, including the wineries, is only a few hours' drive from it. We stayed at the Raouché Arjaan Hotel, which we liked because it was on the water and every room was a suite! 
BEIRUT
RAOUCHÉ ARJAAN HOTEL

LE CHEF

Le Chef is one of the best spots in Lebanon for local cooking. Bourdain loved it, and Russel Crowe still does. The foul mudammas is to die for, and so are the awarma and eggs. This is where I met my friend Michael Karam for breakfast; don't forget to check out his documentary "Wine & War"!
LE CHEF
WATCH "WINE & WAR"
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BAALBEK

Of all the ancient ruins I've visited, the Roman temple of Baalbek may be the most impressive. Its sheer scale is massive, and its grandeur is hard to describe; you'll have to see it in person! 
BAALBEK

CHÁTEAU KSARA

Lebanon's oldest commercial winery, Château Ksara, is also the largest in production volume (though still small by global standards). However, the winery's real treasure is its caves, which are several thousand years old! Plus, the wines are delicious; the whites and reds are grown at high altitudes and have a complexity one would expect from wines triple their price! 
CHÂTEAU KSARA
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BASTERMA MANO

You can't leave Lebanon without having some shawarma, and Basterma Mano did not disappoint! Brandon and I agreed it was some of the best we've ever had. It's always busy, but the line moves quickly as the chefs shave and wrap the sandwiches fast! 
BASTERMA MANO

CHÂTEAU ST. THOMAS

Château St. Thomas's family winery produces some incredible wines, and the Touma family is remarkably kind. Come for the wine tasting of Lebanon's indigenous grape Obeidy, but stay for the hospitality! 
CHÂTEAU ST. THOMAS
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IXSIR

IXSIR is a modern brewery in the Batroun region that sources its grapes from various plots at different altitudes. This results in complex wines with a distinct character. The property is working towards full sustainability, and you'll also love the view! 
IXSIR

GEMMAYZEH STREET

Are you looking for a night out in Beirut? The world-famous Gemmayzeh Street is the place for you! Most bars are actually mini clubs requiring reservations or table service for groups, but they are much more affordable than traditional American bottle service, so don't be shy! 
GEMMAYZEH STEET
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CHATEAU MUSAR

Chateau Musar is the most recognizable Lebanese wine brand, though I wouldn't define it as "Lebanese wine." Musar has a unique style that is very rustic and different from other wines in Lebanon. The wines are made in concrete tanks and undergo extensive oak aging; they are savory, age-worthy, and change in the glass for hours on end! 
CHATEAU MUSAR

RITAGE GARDEN

Chef Maroun Chedid grew up in the Bekka Valley and is one of the most respected Chefs in Lebanon—his restaurant, Ritage Garden, is an ode to Beirut and the Mediterranean, with classic ingredients and modern sensibilities. Don't miss the shrimp baklava! 
RITAGE GARDEN
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