The Lebanese Mezze Table: Much More Than Food, A Social Gathering! Meze or mezze is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks in the Near East, the Balkans, and parts of Central Asia. In Levantine, Caucasian, and Balkan cuisines, meze is often served at the beginning of multi-course meals. (Source: https://www.nogarlicnoonions.com/)
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A dense deep red with our characteristic sweet/savoury/spicy blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what. It didn't smell as if it had turned, however it was extremely tart. I took one sip and gave the rest of my glass to Frank who finished it but also did not care for it. When our guests arrived, my friend Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures, also tried a glass of this wine. She said that after the first two sips it was okay. She switched to the black box wine I had on the counter after her first glass.
Needless to say I was very disappointed in this wine and pairing with food did not help it. I've noted that several others are sharing their thoughts on this wine as well. I'm anxious to see what they thought. It will help me to determine whether I just don't care for this wine or if I just got a bad bottle.
The 2018 Chateau Musar 'Musar Jeune' Blanc, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, on the other hand, was a steal at an RSP of $20.99. I enjoyed this wine thoroughly. It was smooth and fruity. Hints of lemon and very balanced. I enjoyed a glass with the Mezza Platter and another with dinner of Shish Tawook, Beef Kafta and Lebanese Rice.
We were celebrating Frank's 70th birthday and had gorgeous weather making it possible to enjoy it outside on our deck. I put together a Mezze Platter and set out hummus, baba ghanouj and garlic paste that I had bought from the Lebanese Grill. I love that restaurant.
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