Like everything in life, there are rules. Wine pairings don’t fall short of that. In this month’s blog, we wanted to discuss 3 rules to remember when drinking wine and eating fine cuisine.
Domaine Des Toureles, Marquis Des Beys, 2011
With fish, opinions differ. We like the silky whites, such as Chardonnays which are delicious with fish like branzino, salmon or any kind of seafood.
Scallops are usually paired with Domaine Des Toureles Marquis Des Beys 2011. Or simply “Marquis Des Beys”. This has been our wine of the week on numerous occasions and for good reason. Hence why It is also considered to be the most established wine of the land. This this is densely packed and concentrated with blackcurrants and chocolate yet retains freshness and spice and a very Lebanese flavor. A classic Lebanese red with hints of cassis and cedar.
Light seafood dishes seem to always pair better with delicate white wines. Again, it’s all about preference.
Ixsir, Altitudes White, 2015
Ixsir, Altitudes White, 2015 is a golden blend of vines that are grown at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. This simply allows the grapes to keep their great structure. This pairs perfectly with Branzino which is baked with rosemary, lemon, and garlic. Credit to Hubert de Bouard who is the winemaker behind this bottle.
Another possible pairing is with steaks or chops—like lamb chops with frizzled herbs. The firm tannins in these wines refresh the palate after each bite of meat.
Château Ksara, Reserve du Couvent, 2013
This is what we refer to as a medium-bodied red wine. As Lebanon’s oldest and largest producer in the Bekaa Valley, they have been producing wines since 1857. The color is similar to that of a ruby with vanilla spice, and blackberries. Match this perfectly with our lamb chops and za’atar, which is a spice of its own. Add a little fresh rosemary to complement the elements of this tasty red.
Mejana Restaurant has a great wine list by the bottle or the glass for our wine fans and anybody else who is curious about trying a new wine from a different region. We look forward to seeing you!