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Lebanese wine in San Francisco

21-11-2017

The ministry of agriculture in partnership with the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) celebrated on November 17th the Lebanese Wine Day in San Francisco in the presence of the ministry’s general director, Louis Lahoud, representing President Michel Aoun. More than 27 different producers showcased their wines to members of the wine trade at the historic Merchants Exchange Club in the US city. The event saw a great number of passionate American experts in the wine industry as well as owners of touristic businesses and a crowd of Lebanese expats. In his welcoming speech, Lahoud stressed that the winemaking industry in Lebanon has evolved despite political tensions and unfavorable economic conditions and has contributed largely to the growth of the national economy and to the creation of new jobs. He said the lucrative wine industry not only impacted trade positively but also helped promote Lebanon’s tourism and image as a producer of first-class products. Notwithstanding the modest rate of production (nearly 0.02% of the total global wine production), the Lebanese wine has managed to win international recognition and to reserve a place on the global map of wine-producing regions. For his part, AmCham vice president, Maher Beydoun, said strengthening bilateral US-Lebanese trade is one of the Chamber’s tasks which seeks to build solid bridges between the two countries. (Al Mustaqbal, Al Diyar, November 18, 2017)

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