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Folks, this truly is one of the most sincere and important wine missives I have sent. Today we bring you wine and liqueur from one of the world’s most interesting wineries. The wine has been made from beautiful grapes in the Bekaa (Beqaa) Valley for thousands of years. It is in the land of Canaan. History seeps from every vine, bush and rock.
The Ghosn family fled their home during the Lebanese Civil War and came to live in the USA. In 1992, brothers Sami and Ramzi Ghosn returned to find squatters living on their dilapidated property and vineyards in a terrible state of neglect. They undertook the heroic task of resurrecting the winery and renovating it into a modern facility. The first product they made was Arak, the signature anise seed liqueur of the region. It is simply incredible and, in my opinion, the best anisette we sell. But Sami sought out the help of iconic French vignerons, Dominique Hebrard from Bordeaux and the Brunier brothers Frederic and Daniel from Chateauneuf du Pape. With their excellent tutelage, Sami and Ramzi have elevated their wines to a level of international excellence. These are wonderful Mediterranean wines meant for fun and feasting, something the Lebanese people excel in!
If you are looking for some great wines for holiday entertaining, here you go! Check out this link to a winery visit by the late great Anthony Bourdain.

Cheers!

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

Massaya Blanc 2017 Bekaa Valley
Blanc
A wine packed with fruit and freshness. The native Obeidi variety imparts a hint of easygoing eastern style. Enjoy in the first 2 years after bottling to capture all its freshness. Obeïdi 20%, Rolle 20%, Clairette 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%, Chardonnay 20%.
Regular Price $21.99
Rewards Price $17.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 29th, 2018

 


 

Massaya “Le Colombier” Red 2017 Bekaa Valley
Le Colombier A fresh, thirst-quenching quaffer for everyday drinking, distinguished by hints of spice and pepper. Drinks best when young to fully enjoy its fruit, this will enhance any Mediterranean feast. 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 30% Tempranillo.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards Price $15.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 29th, 2018

 


 

Massaya Terrasses de Baalbeck 2012 Bekaa Valley
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An attractive ruby hue of medium depth. A nose of fresh garrigue with a hint of berry and date, while its finesse and elegance are clear as soon it touches the palate. Steadily gains in power over time, with tannins that reflect its cellaring potential. 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.
Regular Price $27.99
Rewards Price $21.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 29th, 2018

 


 

Arak Anisette Liqueur 100 proof non-vintage
Arak
Arak has a beguiling aniseed flavor and freshness that cleans the palate and aids digestion. It is often served as an aperitif and then as the perfect accompaniment to classic selections of mezze, the array of tasty dishes with contrasting flavors that is the starting point for many lunchtime or evening meals. Arak works particularly well with the mezze melange that will include olives, spices, meat, and cheese – flavors that are sometimes harder to match with wine.
Regular Price $31.99
Rewards Price $27.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 29th, 2018
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