Out of all the episodes we filmed, Episode 4 was one of my favourites. There were many reasons why but the one that comes straight to mind was because I was drunk as a skunk for most of it! Seriously, the wine and arak that is produced in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley is amazing.
24 May 2013 - 2:06 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

If I have to go down, I’m not going down alone – the man who was responsible for a large percentage of this was wine-making master and talented cook Ramzi Ghosn from Massaya Winery.

I have been drinking his wine and arak for years back in Melbourne and I also sell it in Maha. I knew what I was getting myself into when I met up with him. This guy just kept pouring glass after glass of wine, and when I said, “Enough!” he said, “Good point, we should move onto the arak.” Ha! What a legend! Drinking aside, I had an absolute ball with Ramzi.

The day we came to film, the guys were crushing grapes for the 2012 vintage. It was an amazing experience and I felt very privileged to witness it.

We also had the chance to share a meal with Ramzi and all the crew at his restaurant. Let me tell you, what an absolute pleasure! He has a place at his winery where women from all over the mountains can come and cook dishes from their village as they would for their families. You have a selection of 30 dishes! There was everything from salads and meza, to freshly cooked kefta and bread on the sajj.

It’s definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in my life, in an amazing place, with a humble and hospitable man.

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