Lebanese wine workshop held in New York

Lebanese wine workshop held in New York

A virtual tasting of Lebanese wine was held in New York on August 3. Organized by Fair Trade, in collaboration with Hospitality Services, the session was dedicated to promoting Lebanese wine in the U.S., a valuable export market for Lebanon’s wineries. ⁠

A total of eight producers participated in the event, including Château St. Thomas, Domaines des Tourelles, Adyar, Château Ksara, Château Heritage, Domaine Wardy, Karam Wines and Château Qanafar. ⁠ ⁠ The workshop featured a masterclass hosted by Christy Canterbury (MW) as well as a guided tasting. ⁠ ⁠

Philippe Adaime – CEO Fair Trade Lebanon: We strongly believe that Lebanon’s winemaking industry has plenty of outstanding strengths related to the uniqueness of the “terroir”, the dynamism of the winemakers and the amazing viniculture heritage dating back to the Phoenician time. ⁠ BIEEL initiative is supporting the Lebanese wine industry by promoting the story of “Wines of Lebanon”, enhancing their reputation as quality wine producers and improving their exporting through the organization of events with international buyers.⁠ ⁠

Christy Canterbury – Master of Wine: “What a pleasure it was to present online with my colleagues and friends from Lebanon! It is exceptionally rare to have international winemakers and winery owners join an online event that is not focused exclusively on his or her winery. The anticipation of interacting with these eight professionals drove sign-ups and attendance then heightened the energy and enthusiasm during our time together.”⁠ ⁠

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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