A good bottle of wine and its label can take one to some interesting learning experiences. Last evening we were, once again, at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale renown for its Lebanese cuisine. Our wine was a bottle of Chateau Ksara Blanc de Blanc from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
A good deal of history here since grapes have been grown and wines made in Lebanon for 7,000 years. The Phoenicians were exporting wine from Lebanon to other countries before the birth of Christ.. Chateau Ksara was founded in 1857 by Jesuit Priests. A part of the Ksara cellar is a grotto from Roman times.
Our Blanc de Blanc was a blend of 50 per cent Sauvignon Blanc, 25 per cent Semillon, and 25 per cent Chardonnay. We thought the wine perfect to accompany the many dishes that arrived from the Phoenicia kitchen. Nimo, our waitress was wonderful, always gracious and smiling, while explaining some of the appetizers.
All of which keeps Phoenicia, with its five star rating, one of the best restaurants in Southern California.