By Roy Lie A Tjam.
The residence of Ms. Abir Ali, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Lebanon was the venue of a Lebanese wine tasting event on Friday 20 March 2015. Ms. Abir Ali held a speech in which she remarked, many were surprised upon receiving the invitations ‘unaware of the fact that wine is allowed in Lebanon and that Lebanon is a wine producing country.
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This made the event a proof Lebanese diversity’. Ms. Ali continued, ‘this diversity is based on a mosaic of different religious communities living together, sharing the values of tolerance, acceptance and respect for one another’.
Furthermore, she said that ‘the Lebanese diversity should be a role model to all, and we should all endeavor to preserve it.’
Herself a tea totaler, Ms. Ali subsequently gave the floor to Mr. Fawzi Issa of ‘Domaine des Tourelles’ Lebanese winery, to explain the special characteristics of the Lebanese wine.
Mr. Issa noted that given the Mediterranean (Lebanon) four seasons and the diverse geography with grapes growing at an altitude of 1000 meters , provides the Lebanese wine its rich and warm Mediterranean taste’. He also said, ‘for a rather small country, Lebanon produces at least 1 million bottles of wine every year’.
The Dutch public can enjoy the Lebanese wine through the web shop: www.libanesewijnen.nl