Syrians, Lebanese produce wine in ferment of war

October 6, 2014 6:32 AM

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Syrians, Lebanese produce wine in ferment of war

In this Sept. 18, 2014, photo, Syrian made Bargylus red and white wine are displayed in the office of Syrian businessmen Saade brothers in Beirut, Lebanon. The Syrian winery is managed by long-distance, because it’s too dangerous for the Saade family to reach Domaine de Bargylus amid the conflict’s chaos. Sandro Saade carefully chewed a Merlot grape in his Beirut office, delivered from a vineyard in neighboring war-torn Syria. From hundreds miles away, he’ll give the order to start harvesting the grapes if his taste-taste suggests they have ripened enough. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In this Sept. 8, 2014, photo, a Lebanese worker arranges Ksara red wine bottles at Chateau Ksara winery complex in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. In Syria and Lebanon, boutique wineries mainly run by Christians have endured despite decades of unrest and the fact that Islam, the majority faith in th...

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