Spring selections and a bit of news

Tim Atkin MW. Is that a Riedel Glass?

Wines of Lebanon @ Tawlet will be formally launched on Monday, May 2. The initiative, which aims to create a hub for Lebanese wines, especially small producers, will be unveiled in collaboration with Riedel the famous Austrian stemware company, which will be holding a glass tasting, and will feature an mini exhibition of the photographs taken by Tim Atkin MW (right) during his trip to Lebanon in November 2010.

Riedel is making a fresh bid to win over Lebanese wine drinkers with their famous glasses and we are very happy that they have chosen a new and equally fresh initiative to launch what is hoped will be a fruitful era in the Lebanese market. Atkin, who is a keen amateur photographer, is also one of the UK’s leading wine critics and writers. He also will be giving a master class on Lebanese wines at the London Wine Fair on May 17. Learn more about Tim on his website, http://www.timatkin.com.

It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks for the Lebanese wine industry. The London Wine Fair will see eight Lebanese producers present their wines on the first genuinely generic stand. It will be the culmination of a year’s campaign by Coco the West Country-based PR agency. Madeleine Waters, who has been heading up the campaign, cut her teeth with the Napa Valley producers over a decade ago and is confident that Lebanon will make quite a buzz at this year’s fair.

In the meantime, they say people like lists, so here are my tips for Easter drinking. And for all of you still observing Lent, all I can say is well done, you probably deserve a drink more than most. My only rule here was that I only chose one wine per winery. Some would have got more than one selection but I’m not telling. Enjoy!

Whites

Domaines Des Tourelles 2010

Massaya 2010

Coteaux de Botrys Prince Blanc 2010

Roses

Ixsir Altitudes 2010

Domaine Wardy Rose du Printemps 2010

Karam Winery Arc en Ciel 2010

Reds

Chateau Kefraya Les Breteches 2008

Chateau Ksara Cuvee de Printemps 2009

Cave Kouroum Petit Noir 2009

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    bob kharrat said,

    Dear Mr Karam,
    I appreciate your choice, but when i was at horeca 2011, i tasted a new wine ” oumsiyat red”and “oumsiyat rose”, i liked so much and i invite you to tate it
    thanks

    • 2

      ywsadmin said,

      Dear Bob,

      I have tried them both and like them a lot. There is much good work being done by our smaller producer who I believe are the future for the Lebanese wine industry. Thanks for following the site. best Mike

  2. 3

    Lahoud said,

    Dear Mike, i believe that oumsiyat is a new brand but it is prepared by a big producer (it hapened that i know the place). And you should also taste the white wine, it is a GOOD one.
    Best


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