#NWTW Week 18: Lebanese Red (Part One)

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Ant kicking us off for week 18 as well!

Confessions of a Wine Geek

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Wine from the Lebanon I hear you cry. Are you crazy? It’s honestly not as mad as it first sounds, in fact Lebanon is one of the oldest wine producing countries on the entire planet. The grapes grown are also very familiar, blends made from Rhone varieties such as Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut, along with a good smattering of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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There is approximately 2,000ha of area under vine with the majority of it being in the Bekaa Valley. In years gone by the only winery that anyone would be able to name would be the ubiquitous Chateau Musar, but these days more and more wines from the region are finding their ways onto the lists of wine merchants and even onto the supermarket shelves of the UK.

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Chateau Musar however does have real cult status in the UK. Gaston Hochar set up the winery following a…

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