A Lebanese Wine Dinner

…with Proprietor Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar of the Bekaa Valley
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Upstairs at Touché and The Parisian Room

The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made naturally.

Chateau Musar, located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. Serge spent 18 years perfecting the formula for Chateau Musar’s Red and was chosen as Decanter magazine’s first ‘Man of the Year’ in 1984.

The Bekaa Valley is cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines from Byblos to all areas around the Mediterranean.

Flanked by snow-covered mountains, and nestled at 1000m (3,000 feet) above sea level, the serenely beautiful Bekaa Valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, fresh mountain breezes and an average temperature of 25°C (encompassing snowy winters and hot summers). Remote and unspoilt, the Musar vineyards were ‘organic’ by default before the term was coined.

Lebanese Mezze

Lebanese hors d’oeuvres platter of mixed olives, hummus/baba ghanoush, Lebneh cheese served with pita bread.

Jeune White, Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2018

Mediterranean Branzino, Tahini

Branzino, sautéed, served over buttery long-grain basmati with caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts finished with a garlic tahini sauce.

Château Musar Blanc, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2007
Chateau Musar Blanc, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2009

Char-Grilled Ohio Teres Major, Mujaddara

Seasoned, thinly sliced char-grilled Teres Major served over (Mujaddara), stewed lentils, caramelized onions and rice, finished with a lemon gremolata, crispy onion curls.

Jeune Red, Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2018
Hochar Pere et Fils Red, Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2016

Roasted Australian Loin of Lamb, Chickpea & Braised Kale, Glace de Viande

Roasted Australian loin of lamb topped with a roasted red tomato herb tapenade, stewed chickpeas with braised Erie County kale, tomato glace de viande

Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2002
Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2011

Baklava

Baked phyllo dough with walnuts, butter, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and honey, topped with a rich honey glaze and sprinkles of ground pistachios and French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Café Blanca

$95 per person

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Touché Weeklies…

Tiki Night Thursday

Featuring An Assortment of Hand-Crafted Tiki Drinks

Tiki cocktails are a ton of fun and just one part of the larger Tiki scene. It may be a little more underground than it was in its heyday of the 1940’s and 50’s, yet it’s still alive and well. What makes a great Tiki Cocktail? A few items: Rum and lots of It, Tropical Fruits & Juices, layers of flavor with spice notes.
Join us every Thursday at Touché for $8 Tiki Drinks

Martini Friday

Featuring an Assortment of Hand-Crafted Martinis

A well made Martini is the perfect start to a great weekend. Join us every Friday at Touché for a fine assortment of $8 Martinis.

Sangria Sundays

Refreshing Red, White or Rosé with fresh fruit $8

Featuring an assortment of Sangria made with your choice with Red, White or Rosé wine, fresh juice, mixed fruit and a few secret elixirs.

Chez Cigar Club

Dear Cigar Club Member,

Our annual “Smoker” will take place Monday, May 20, 2019. Please contact us if you are interested in joining. This is always a great excuse to get together with friends or business acquaintances to smoke great cigars, sip fine whiskey, dine on delicious cuisine, and discuss the upcoming sports year in Ohio.

This is a private party for Chez Cigar Club members only. If you are interested in attending this event, or becoming a member, please call us at 440-967-0630.