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The spirit is about 25 percent alcohol, from a combination of grain and grape.To imbue the fortified wine with the terroir of south Lebanon, Karam uses indigenous grape varieties like miksasi, merwahi, hifawi and zawtarani, grown at altitudes as high as 1,400 meters, he said.After waiting more than a decade and a half, Karam is finally breaking into the vintage – about 3,000 bottles of it – which will go on sale for $105 per bottle in the next two or three weeks.Some wineries have also turned to indigenous grape varieties, in a break from Lebanon's French-centric industry.Chateau St. Thomas' team at HORECA were showing off their Obeidy wine, a white made entirely from indigenous obeideh grapes. The wine came about as part of an international project to promote the diverse range of wine that is produced in Mediterranean countries, an initiative called the Wine Mosaic Preserver. Made with 100 percent obeideh grapes, the white has a low alcohol content of 12 percent.If there was one new wine that crowned the four-day show, it was Chateau Qanafar's yet-to-be-bottled Qanafar 2011, said visiting sommelier Paul Op ten Berg.
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