Wine Tasting - New Releases of Middle Eastern Reds|
July 12th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Middle Eastern Reds, for inclusion on our list. The Middle East, due to climatic and religious reasons, is generally not regarded as a center for wine production. However, winemaking in the Middle East predates that of Italy, France and Spain, the big three in wine production today. In our modern wine world we refer to Europe as the Old World and the Americas, Oceania and other more recent wine regions as the New World, so to be historically correct we should refer to the Near East and Middle East as the Ancient World of wine. The most recent archeological and scientific findings strongly indicate that wine was first made in or around the Caucuses over 7,000 years ago. From somewhere inside a rough triangle bordered by the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Sea of Galilee, the art of winemaking made its way south through the coastal regions of the modern-day Middle East to Egypt over six millennia ago. While wine production along the Mediterranean Sea countries of Lebanon and Israel has certainly experienced many precarious times, today there are several reasons for optimism. The folklore and history of Lebanon is liberally sprinkled with tales of wine. Many believe that as the biblical floods subsided Noah planted his first vineyard in what is modern-day eastern Lebanon. Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine is believed by many historians to have happened in the southern Lebanese city of Cana. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Recanati, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee Israel 2011
Chateau Musar, "Musar Jeune", Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2011
Dalton, "Canaan", Red, Galilee Israel 2011
Kavaklidere, "Angora", 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carigan, 20% Merlot & 15% Alicante, Aegean Turkey 2012
Kavaklidere, 60% Kalecik Karasi/40% Syrah, Aegean Turkey 2012
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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