Hummus, falafel, and tabouli might get all the attention but it’s time we give the wine the attention it truly deserves.
The Bekaa Valley, which is considered as the home to many top wines in Lebanon such as world famous Châteaux Musar, Ksara, Kefraya, and Massaya. At Mejana we decided to rank our top 4 favorite wines which coincidently pair perfectly with the Mediterranean cuisines we are known for.
Ixsir, Altitudes White, 2015
This is a golden blend of vines that are grown at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level. This simply allows the grapes to keep their great structure. This pairs perfectly with Branzino which is baked with rosemary, lemon, and garlic. Credit to Hubert de Bouard who is the winemaker behind this bottle.
Château Ksara Reserve Du Couvent 2013
This is what we refer to as a medium-bodied red wine. As Lebanon’s oldest and largest producer in the Bekaa Valley, they have been producing wines since 1857. The color is similar to that of a ruby with vanilla spice, and blackberries. Match this perfectly with our lamb chops and za’atar, which is a spice of its own. Add a little fresh rosemary to complement the elements of this tasty red.
Domaine Des Toureles Marquis Des Beys 2011
Or simply “Marquis Des Beys”. This has been our wine of the week on numerous occasions and for good reason. Hence why It is also considered to be the most established wine of the land. This this is densely packed and concentrated with blackcurrants and chocolate yet retains freshness and spice and a very Lebanese flavor. A classic Lebanese red with hints of cassis and cedar.
Mejana Restaurant has a great wine list by the bottle or the glass for our wine fans and anybody else who is curious about trying a new wine from a different region. Come try them!