A correction on white Musar and a Tracie P[olaroid] moment

Above: I met Serge Hochar, owner of Musar, a few years ago at a food and wine festival. Super nice guy and a lot of fun to be around. I’m not sure where he wrote or said this, but Georgios Hadjistylianou in Cyprus quotes him, “the harmony of nature is better than anything we could ever create. I believe it should be a priority to seek to drink what is ‘true’ rather than what is ‘good.'”

Reader Georgios Hadjistylianou in Cyprus was entirely right to write me, pointing out that Musar white is, in fact, made from Obeideh and Merwah, grapes indigenous to Mount Lebanon. (See a fact sheet on the wine here.)

He was writing me in reference to yesterday’s post on the super restaurant Marouch in Los Angeles. The restaurant listed the wine under “Chardonnay” but the other wine professionals with whom I dined were under the impression (as was I) that it was made from Sémillon.

Thanks, Georgios for the correction! :-) I can tell you — for certain — that the wine was delicious. ;-)

Obeideh and Merwah didn’t make it into Eric the Red’s (Eric the Green’s?) excellent post today on “a dozen obscure grapes that are the foundation of some wonderful wines and will reward intrepid explorers.” But I highly recomment both the wine (Musar) and Eric’s post to you.

In other news…

Couldn’t resist sharing this Polaroid moment from Kate and Dan’s wedding over the weekend. Among other fun activities, they had set up a Polaroid studio where you could take photos with some of the western artifacts lying around the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse.

O my goodness, my Tracie P, you are the most mellifluous melody this singing cowboy has ever heard! I love you so! :-)

2 thoughts on “A correction on white Musar and a Tracie P[olaroid] moment

  1. Hey Jeremy. Your confusion of the grapes in Musar white may have been compounded by Serge’s verbal assertions of many years that these two Lebanese grapes were in fact Chardonnay and Semillon. Recent ampelographic evidence has suggested otherwise and, while Serge is no longer trumpeting these misnomers, there is a possibility the indigenous grapes are distantly related to the French ones.

  2. Not long after I published this, Georgios wrote me again saying that Serge has told him that those are the local names for Chardonnay and Sémillon.

    Thanks, David, for these clarifications. Would really love to hear more on this (and would like to taste more Musar!). Btw, welcome to Texas!

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