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A Casual Evening at the Lebanese Taverna Cafe

The weather in Maryland was beautiful Friday evening so my daughter wanted to eat out for dinner.  She picked the Lebanese Taverna Cafe.  I have been eating at the restaurant in DC since I was a little boy so am always willing to visit, besides it would give us an opportunity to try a few glasses of wine.  The Lebanese Taverna first opened in 1979 in Arlington, Virginia and today has several restaurants and cafes throughout the Washington, DC area.  The restaurants have a sizeable, international wine list with a  strong selection of Lebanese wines.  The cafes have a small list of less than ten red and white wines, all priced at $6 per glass or $25 per bottle.  The hostess picked two different wines for us.  The Chateau Ksara was poured from the remainder of one bottle and a newly opened bottle.  It was really quite good, strongly priced at $25 per bottle at the cafe, and a wine which you could enjoy a bottle with your family throughout a lazy evening.  I never would have guessed it was a blend of Gamay and Tempranillo, my first from Lebanon!  I have been a fan of Chateau Ksara for some time so I was pleased to enjoy another of their wines.  Unfortunately the Clos St. Thomas did not show too well. Though it was poured from a mostly-full bottle, I thought it was simply tired from a long-opened bottle but looking at the color I wonder if it was a bit cooked.  I am always willing to try a wine from Lebanon and recommend that you do to.

2010 Chateau Ksara, Cuvee de Printemps, Bekaa Valley
Imported by American Fidelity Trading.  This wine is a blend of 60% Gamay and 40% Tempranillo which underwent semi-carbonic maceration, malolactic fermentation, and interrupted alcoholic fermentation.   Grapey ruby color.  Lighter fruity berrylicious nose.  Racy blue and red berries, bright acidity with minimal tannins give structure, cherry note in the finish.  Actually quite satisfying. ** Now-2014.

2007 Clos St. Thomas, Les Gourmets Rouge, Bekaa Valley
Imported by .American Fidelity Trading.  This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cinsault.  Garnet, bricking, dark core.  Softer more mature nose, roasted fruits and a touch tired (open for a while?) Soft fruits, old wood, some concentration, roast fruit a bit blue, touch drying tannins. Not Rated.

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