Currently making an impact on the international market, Lebanese wines are the products of a rich and magnificent tradition dating back 5,000 years. The Wines of Lebanon explores the culture of winemaking, as well as the exceptional flavours and varieties that are its issue. It also tells the gripping history of wine production in Lebanon, which endured war, depression and religious intolerance. The region's modern wines, wineries and local heroes are also profiled, complemented by a survey of bottle, label and equipment design, as well as thorough wine listings including vineyard information, tasting notes, harvest reports and full contact details. Both wine guide and cultural history, extensively illustrated, and with commentary provided by a number of producers, labourers, experts and viticulturists, The Wines of Lebanon is a valuable reference for connoisseurs, travellers and casual readers alike, and a long-overdue tribute to one of the world's great winemaking regions.
Michael Karam was born in London in 1965. He taught English at the American University of Beirut. He is currently editor of Executive, published in Beirut. Previously he was a reporter and features editor for the Beirut Daily Star, and has also written for The Times, Sunday Express, and Esquire. He is the author of numerous articles on Lebanese wine, and writes on Lebanon and North Africa for Wine Report. He lives in Beirut. Norbert Schiller worked as a press photographer with AFP and AP in the 1980s and 1990s, covering the Iran-Iraq war and the Gulf war. He has two books of photography to his credit.