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The blossoming popularity of avocados (paired with wine)

The blossoming popularity of avocados (paired with wine)

Avocado: Ripe and Ready
Wine: Light and high in acidity
Pair them together and enjoy the deliciousness they exude
The avocado is a very versatile fruit that is enjoyed in many forms, many dishes, and many ways. One way it is highly enjoyed is alongside a glass of wine. It is true that avocados do not have an overwhelming taste, however their subtle yet succulent flavor can be enhanced with the right wine. Given the fact that they have a rich creamy texture, they need a crisp wine that will cut through it and cleanse the palate.
What we suggest you do the next time you have an avocado is pouring yourself a glass of wine containing the following characteristics:
- Light-bodied
- High acidity
- Sweet
- Fruity or floral aromas
Here are some avocado-based dishes that are beautifully complemented with Lebanese wines:
- Smoked salmon and avocado/ Salmon tartar with avocado & Chardonnay
This dry white wine with its high-acid profile and citrusy floral aromas perfectly cuts through the texture of the dish to deliver the most perfect match of food and drink! Be sure to pop open a bottle of Chardonnay the next time you prepare this dish.
Find your selection here:
LATOURBA Chardonnay 2020
Reserve Ammiq Chardonnay 2020
Rowan Blanco Chardonnay 2020
Chateau St Thomas Chardonnay 2019
- Citrus avocado salad & Sauvignon Blanc
A dry white wine that is both fruity and bursting with fresh scents and aromas is the perfect combination to have with your citrus salad. This mix of zesty flavors calls for a palate celebration as the fruitiness comes through and the citrus notes get highlighted. To do so, grab a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and get ready for a ride!
Find your selection here:
Domaine Wardy Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Aurora Cuvee N Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Chateau Oumsiyat Sauvignon Blanc 2020
- The crowd favorite: Avocado toast with poached egg & Dry White Wine. First off, there’s nothing wrong with having a glass of wine with brunch. Second, the way to go here would be popping open a bottle of dry white wine. The crisp acidity of said wine is fresh, sweet, and pleasant which goes perfectly well with all egg-based dishes. The egg, avocado and chilled glass of white creates a flavorful experience that will leave you feeling both satiated and highly content.
Find your selection here:
Chateau St Thomas Obeidy 2020
Chateau Qanafar Blanc 2020
Chateau Oumsiyat Blanc de Blancs 2021
Chateau Kefraya Blanc de Blancs 2021
- Guacamole & Sparkling wine
The perfect dip for the perfect tortilla scoop, and accompanied by the perfect glass of Lebanese sparkling wine. The sparkle in your glass makes for a great party drink and is a great match to cut through the saltiness of the guacamole.
Bottle to try: Batroun Mountains Frizzante Sparkling White Wine 2021
- Quinoa Avocado Salad
Red wine is not to be forgotten here. Displaying red fruit notes, and spicy aromas; the reds are the way to go when combining with grains as it takes the simple dish to the next level. The flavors are quickly enhanced and made even more delicious with the red grapes.
Find your selection here:
Chateau Oumsiyat Grande Reserve 2018
Couvent Rouge Petit Red 2018
Domaine de Baal Petit Baal Red 2019
Iris Domain Red house wine 2015
- Avocado sushi rolls
With the avocado rolls, the rosé is the way to go! Rosé tends to be a great food wine and the pairing with avocado rolls is genuinely heavenly and is a great way to cleanse your palate in between your bites.
Find your selection here:
IXSIR Grande Reserve Rose 2021
Chateau Cana Les Cabires Rosé 2021
Chateau Trois Collines Pinot Noir Rosé Ample 2020
Terre Joie Aromatix Rose 2019
The addition of a light red, an acidic white, or a lovely rosé while you enjoy the benefits of an avocado is enough to highly elevate both your meal and your mood!
Your wine preference based on your coffee of choice!

Your wine preference based on your coffee of choice!

Choosing a wine can be a quite difficult task for many of us; we don’t know what to look for exactly or which characteristics or features would be to our liking. Since not everybody is a wine connoisseur and our ability to appreciate different flavors is defined by our palate, each one of us carries a different appreciation for taste.
 
Yet, it seems easier for us to pick out our favorite coffee to the point where it has become almost instinctive every time we order it or make it. There are attributes that are present in both wine and coffee that can help us discover our wine preference.
 
The attributes in question here are:
  • Aroma
  • Acidity
  • Body (how the drink feels inside your mouth)
 
And now… We’re going to take you on a journey to discover your favorite wine:
 
For those who enjoy a straight black coffee, you would like sharp wines that have notes of spiciness and acidity like a Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah or a Merlot.
 
If you’re a Latte or Cappuccino drinker, you should opt for softer wines with low bitterness such as Rosé or Pinot Noir.
 
Short, black and intense coffees like espressos or macchiatos call for bigger and bolder wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.
 
Lastly, for those who enjoy the Chai Tea Latte; a more refined and elegant palate is at play here so good wines would be the Pinot Gris or the Viognier.
 
Coffee and Wines are similar; give this a try and see if you find your preference! 
It’s not day drinking, it’s brunch…

It’s not day drinking, it’s brunch…

Brunch is the best excuse to start drinking early in the AM and what other than a good mimosa to pair with your food?

We’re here to make sure you host your best brunch yet with our mimosa recipe that will have you and your guests reaching for the carafe all afternoon.

 Here’s what you need:

  • 1 chilled bottle of your favorite dry sparkling wine
  • 3 cups chilled orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)

 

Mimosa Recipe

 

 

And that’s it; an easy and quick make for a delicious drink that is guaranteed to upscale your eggs benedict, your avocado toast and honestly… your overall day.

August 11, 2022

Wine and cheese; a heavenly pairing

Wine and cheese have been the perfect pair for centuries.
It is something everybody seems to enjoy; whether you’re having a big gathering with friends and family or simply staying in with your partner (or by yourself); wine and cheese always seems like the perfect way to do it.
Today is National Wine and Cheese Day; a special day where we get to rejoice and enjoy that wonderful bond.
What better way to celebrate this day than by hosting your own Wine and Cheese night?
Order your bottles here, get yourself some fine cheeses to experiment with and have at it!
Arak & Tout Recipe

Arak & Tout Recipe

When drinking Arak, it usually goes 1/3 Arak and 2/3 water, some ice and it’s already the perfect drink.

But we added something to the mix we think everyone would enjoy.

We get it- we understand that Arak is mixed with water and that’s the extent to which everyone is willing to go to stay authentic to the traditions.

 

Arak & Tout Recipe

 

But you haven’t tried this divine of a mix yet- it’s simple, it’s straight to the point and so easy to make. Give it a shot to see how you will be the hero at your next gathering.

It’s still 1 glass of Arak, 2 of cold water but now you add 2 tablespoons of Toot “Mulberry” syrup, ice cubes and you mix until diluted. Now brace yourself to be pleasantly surprised and enjoy!

July 15, 2022
Tags: 209 Lebanese

Arak Cana; the drink of connectivity

Chateau Cana - Arak Soukara
 
 
When we think of Lebanon, we think of many things. A small country stretching along the Mediterranean Sea filled with beautiful sceneries, a rich culture, wonderful people and of course, exceptional Arak.
Arak, being the national drink, is greatly adored by the population.
But it has always had a special feature, a characteristic that makes it stand out from other spirits; its ability to bring people together. (like those jugs of Arak we find on family Sunday lunches…)
 
Arak - Chateau Cana
 
Having many health benefits to it, Arak truly has its own unique taste. It’s made from grape aniseed indigenous to Lebanon and undergoes a distillation process before it matures in terracotta jars.
A spirit like no other, Arak is a fundamental piece of Lebanon and Château Cana has created an irresistible bottle “Arak Soukara” that should definitely be placed on your bar shelf.
July 14, 2022
Tags: 209 Lebanese

Jun Dry for your summertime spirits

 
Jun Gin

 

Gin is highly appreciated all over the world. And with good reason…

It has made its way into cocktail culture and the bar scene due to its versatile flavor. 

Made essentially from juniper berries, Jun Dry is also infused with coriander seeds and local orange peels which makes for delicious drinks and offers bartenders an opportunity to experiment and create greatness.

Produced in Rechmaya, this bottle is a must-have as it will take your Gin Basil, Gin Passion and Gin anything… to the next level.

July 14, 2022
209 partners with CXC to take you on an exclusive journey

209 partners with CXC to take you on an exclusive journey

Food amateurs and wine lovers, the below is for you!

What a good idea to blend two passions: gastronomy and wine. Then, how to transform this cool idea into a fantastic one? Add a pinch of Lebanese heritage, terroir spirit and easy-to-use structure.

We, at 209, are very happy and excited to announce our new collaboration with ChefXChange. To make your holiday season more memorable, ChefXChange and 209 will be bringing you the best of both worlds; food and drink!

First, let us introduce you to our partner, ChefXChange.

ChefXChange is an online platform where anyone can book a chef in just a few clicks. They’re on a mission to define the culinary experience of tomorrow, for anyone looking to host, learn, or entertain, in the comfort of their chosen venue. They provide them with a curated service and personal interaction with the chef making it hassle free, exclusive, and at restaurant competitive prices.  Chefs take care of everything from ingredient buying to cleaning up after the event. They are present in Beirut, New York City, Washington DC, London, Dubai and the GCC, along with many travelling Chefs who can visit you wherever you may be in the world.

Through an exclusive alliance with ChefXChange, 209 – the online marketplace where you can find a big selection of Lebanese wines – will put a perfectly paired choice of wines on your table and send a connoisseur to help enhance your guests’ wine-drinking experience. Run by passionate and knowledgeable wine experts who store, deliver and serve wine under optimal conditions, guaranteeing you enjoy only the very best, 209 will take you into a journey deep inside the Lebanese heritage and spirit.

From tips on how to pair Lebanese wine with food, to explanations about the quality, gender and brand of the wine you are drinking, the collaboration between the 2 platforms will be both culturally enriching, and tasty and pleasant. More than only a gustative experience, your dinner will become an informative and dynamic moment.

For this special occasion, we, at 209, will be granting you 10% discount on your first purchase, valid till January 31st of 2017. You just need to enter this code: 209-CXC-f8s9428s

Visit the ChefXChange website and book a private dinner using the promotional code CXC209 to avail of a USD 25 discount on all your bookings worth USD 100, valid till January 31st of 2017.

*Offer valid in Lebanon till January 31st, 2017.

 

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Union Vinicole Du Liban

A Note from The President of UVL

Union Vinicole Du Liban

 

The Lebanese winemaking industry has been relatively active in the recent past, with a current count exceeding 40 wineries compared to just 5 in the early 1990s, and a current annual production of more than 8 million bottles. There’s also been an increased interest in wine culture in Lebanon as wineries have been reporting greater numbers of visitors.

Most Lebanon’s wineries are considered small-to-medium-sized and are known to place great emphasis on the quality of wine, thereby resulting in somewhat conservative quantities being produced.

In realizing that potential, 209 was created as an opportunity to further advance the awareness and consumption of Lebanese wine. As an innovative concept, 209 harnesses the power of modern-day connectivity by creating an omnichannel platform that generates remarkable exposure for Lebanese wines, to the Lebanese public and beyond, said Zafer Chaoui, President of Union Vinicole du Liban (UVL), whose objective is to consolidate and build on Lebanon’s image as a wine producing country by highlighting its proud history and promoting its potential.”

Wine production in Lebanon did take several hits in the past, but has managed to withstand and overcome those difficulties. Today it is poised to enjoy a bright future. It is only through investing in the winemaking sector in Lebanon that we will be able to make Lebanon a bigger contender on the international wine-producing scene.