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Popping bottles

Popping bottles

Champagne, or sparkling wine, was initially an accident — a nuisance even. In post-Medieval France, bubbles in wine were the unwanted byproduct of alcoholic fermentation under certain conditions, and they were dangerous. Some called it “devil’s wine” because its pressure often caused bottles to explode, sometimes starting chain reactions that destroyed much of the cellar’s

209 Lebanese Wine raises the glass

Unwinding at the end of the day with a glass of Chardonnay or enjoying a meal with the perfect Merlot is one of life’s delights. Lebanon is blessed with a vast choice of wines produced by both well-known brands and exquisite boutique wineries. There are many grape varieties and distinct tasting notes worth discovering. And

Lebanese vintages

“Honor the land. Honor the vines. Honor the goddess within you.” It is early Saturday morning and Tracy Chamoun is teaching her weekly yoga class at Chateau Belle-Vue. “Soften your hips. Soften your shoulders. Soften your face,” she continues and smiles into the room full of women who drove up from Beirut to be here.

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