~*B-Qā de Marsyas,another fascinating story…

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures…” And on of my life’s most cherished pleasures that I constantly look forward to experiencing…


As we’d often tend to mistakenly believe that this experience can be only enjoyed abroad as other countries present us with a richer wine list and more authentic experiences, we often miss out on great things around us … Just like Sometimes we miss happiness by looking too far for things nearby!

It’s good to always remember that, over the past decade, our country has witnessed the burgeoning of the wine industry and counts today more than 30 eligible wineries that cultivate their grapes and produce exceptional wines !

Direction: Bekaa valley, more specifically to the south, 80 kilometres from the capital and several kilometres from the village of Kefraya, at an altitude of 900 meters, and you’d fall on an exceptional place for the creation of a great wine in line with the highest quality standards; Château Marsyas!


Created by the Johnny R. Saadé family, Château Marsyas is managed by Johnny’s sons, Karim and Sandro, and their adventure in the world of wine today represents the achievement of a long-standing family ambition.

Karim and Sandro Saade


Alongside Karim and Sandro stood Stéphane Derenoncourt, the great Bordeaux wine consultant who works with passionate and committed winegrowers all around the world.The first vintage was produced in 2007. Today the domaine extends across 50 hectares: 80% devoted to red, 20% to white. The vineyard is planned to expand to 100-120 hectares in the coming years.


In 2015, they introduced a new wine positioned among the quality Lebanese middle range wine labels and produced according to the same quality, philosophy and attention to detail as its elder brother Château Marsyas, with a focus on manual harvesting, selective sorting, vinification methods and the respect of the environment: B-Qā de Marsyas.

_GD0784070% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre.Smooth extractions and 6 to 8 months aging allow B-Qā de Marsyas to have a beautiful aromatic balance and well integrated tannins.

“Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.” 

Let’s raise a glass or two to longer and happier days and nights; A glass of red wine has been found to curb sugar cravings and increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL)… Moreover, a Harvard University study of 20.000 women found that those who drank half a bottle of wine a day had a 70% reduced risk of obesity compared to non-drinkers.

Happy Hours are my favorite ones specially when they revolve around a good glass of cold red wine paired with healthylicious tapas!

You can turn Lebanese Mezze into scrumptious tapas! Pick Hummus bethini, eggplants Mtabbal and Mouhammara. Add a teaspoon of White truffle oil to a bowl of hummus bethini and if you have some dried porcinis you can soak them in water, dice them and cook them in a pan with a teaspoon of chopped parsley and add them to the hummus mixture.

A bowl of Eggplants mtabbal simply requires a tablespoon of pesto sauce to become a “Padre Gannouji Al Pesto” ready to be spread on whole wheat Bruschettis!
Muhammara just needs this final cheese touch: you can go for fresh mozzarella or just opt for goat cheese or feta!
When my Mama’s suggested meal for lunch was sheikh el mehchi; Lebanese Eggplant Casserole stuffed with minced meat and pinenuts and that’s surely one of the dishes i dislike.. Being an aficionada of Italian cuisine and “dolce vita” I used my Italian condiments to recreate a meatless “Sheikh Machiello”with a tomato and basil sauce, tuscan herbs, white truffle oil and Pecorino.. Aside, fresh mozzarella, organic cherry tomatoes, drizzles of olive oil and a moderate portion of spinach and pesto tortellini stuffed with ricotta cheese all along a glass of red wine!

I was lucky and happy to try the new white wine B-Qā de Marsyas that is a blend ofSauvignon blanc(80%) and Chardonnay (20%) during its pre-launch period. I enjoyed pairing it with different recipes.


As a first trial i paired it with a fusion chicken liver and Okra dish that was truly exceptional!

Followed by Artichoke bottoms that i boiled and soaked in lemon juice then topped with a mixture of Salmon sashimi, mango cubes, avocado cubes, soy sauce light, red onions, chopped coriander, mixed altogether to fill the bottoms laid on a mesclun..


And chicken lovers, this easy and refreshing recipe is for you: Creamy chicken with Peaches&Rosemary’ !

You just need: •120g or 200g of Chicken breast
•1-2 tbsp of labneh light •2 tbsp worcestershire sauce •Black pepper, maldon salt, •1 tsp olive oil •A pan.
•1 Peach sliced (skin on) •Rosemary Sprigs
Cut the chicken breast and mix well with labneh, worcestershire sauce, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in a pan.Once cooked add the sliced peach and Rosemary sprigs.Enjoy with  a glass of B-Qā de Marsyas white whine !



“Life is too short to drink bad wine…” Enjoy good food, good wine (in moderation) and a good company… Count the memories, not the calories ..
Dietitian Nicole Maftoum

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