Benefit Event: Wine Tasting from the Middle East and North Africa

Wed, October 22, 2008 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Wine Tasting from the Middle East and North Africa
Hors d’oeuvres will also be served.
$100/Person Seating is Limited
RSVP: Tel.: 646 732 3261

From the world’s first traces of wine some 7000 years ago, to the wine amphora that accompanied Egyptian pharaohs to the underworld, from Jesus’s miracle at Qanaa, through the verses of Abu Nawwas, into the European colonial period and the renaissance in Lebanon after the civil war, wine has been an integral part of Middle Eastern culture for millennia. Overcoming highs and lows of centuries past, and turmoil in the past few decades, the wine industries of the Middle East and North Africa are today enjoying a renaissance that has caused a stir in the wine world.

Vineyards have been restored and partnerships have been forged, all dedicated to the goals of making world-class wines that reflect the spirit of the lands from which they come have made.

Join us on October 22, as noted wine critic and author Jamal Rayyis leads a tasting and tour of the wines of Lebanon and North Africa that will also benefit the vital work of Alwan For The Arts.

We will taste wines from Lebanon’s famed Chateau Musar, Chateau Kefraya, and Chateau Ksara, new wineries like Masaya, Nabise, and Clos St. Thomas, plus a fascinating sampling of wines from Morocco and Algeria.

About the speaker: Jamal Rayyis is the nationally-known author of seven editions of the best-selling book Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide (2002-2008). He has written for several publications, including Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Departures, Wine Enthusiast, The New York Times, Fodor’s, and several web-publications.

Last updated: 2008-10-15 17:37:44

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