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OUT+ABOUT

A TASTE OF

BACCHUS

RAGMAG got out + about with Riviera Hotel & Beach Lounge and Club Grappe, the wine tasting club that’s organizes excursions to Lebanon’s beautiful wineries and monasteries. Hosted at Riviera Hotel’s Beach Lounge situated at the Corniche El Manara, the Beirut Wine and Art Festival gathered connoisseurs for two consecutive evenings for one of the best gastronomic dinners of the season. Vine and grape enthusiasts were served several wines, hailing from more than 10 prestigious Lebanese and French wineries like La Maison du Sommelier, Merlot, Chopin or Cave du Monastère St-Jean. We welcomed our flutes of Cyrille Cange Champagne Brut Première Cuvée and nibbled on Parmigiano Reggiano and brie while waiting for our delicious tuna tartar, served with a crisp rosé wine (chilled at just the right temperature). Now that’s what we call the perfect refreshment for a Beirut summer evening at the beach.

ENJOY THE FINE WINES + ATMOSPHERE Riviera Hotel & Beach Lounge Corniche El Manara, Beirut 01373210 www.rivierahotel.com.lb 170 | R A G M A G | www.ragmag.co @RivieraBeirut

During our second entrée (a glazed octopus salad served with a fruity white wine), Arthur Satyan and his live jazz band livened things up! People got more comfortable, enjoying the swing and modern-jazz rhythms and the light breeze coming from the sea. After the dessert farandole, we took a stroll between the paintings exhibited by artists Roula Ayoub, Darine Semaan, Roula Bechara, Rita Keyrouz, Roger Barakat and Nasri Tawk, and the carved scented candles and chocolate by Ephrem Anthoun. The Beirut Wine and Art Festival was one of the rare Beirut events that blends the taste of luxury with the amusement of art but was minus the attitude. Cheers Riviera, we’ll be toasting to you all summer! THE SHINING RAYS ISSUE

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RAGMAG Shining Rays Issue | July 2012 | issue #26  

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RAGMAG Shining Rays Issue | July 2012 | issue #26  

www.ragmag.co | FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @RAGMAGLebanon | FACEBOOK ragmag | PINTEREST Ragmag | In this issue: TORY BURCH, HANAA BEN ABDE...

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