I visited Beirut in November 2015. I think of that visit often.
Good overview on the Lebanese wine scene from Hrisha Poola for JancisRobinson,com. He writes:
It was in Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley that the Romans chose to build the Temple of Bacchus. And it was in Cana in southern Lebanon that, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus turned water into wine. The Bible’s Hosea 14:7 states, ‘People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine – Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.’ The legend and lore makes this wine Game of Thrones-worthy.
Lebanon, though, has long been overlooked and undervalued. Behind the veneer of deep history and shifting perceptions of Middle Eastern wine is a diverse, throbbing Beiruti modernity and taste for world-class wine that have taken root in the vineyard and winery. Lebanon’s post-civil war identity is becoming ever clearer. Its wine has come into its own.