Dutch distributors sample wine from the booth of Habib Karam, whose winery is located in Jezzine. (The Daily Star/Brooke Anderson)
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The Lebanese diaspora doesn't have the strong presence in Germany the way it does in other countries, and that's one reason it was chosen for this year's wine fair in Berlin – for producers to get their foot in the door of a relatively new market.In the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Berlin Monday, 33 Lebanese wineries showcased their wines to distributors and importers from central Europe. Some of them were already well acquainted with Lebanese wine, while many others were there to learn about a new product that could be added to their international imports."Lebanon has a bad reputation," but I'm walking proof that the situation is OK," said Tomas Blahut, a Czech wine importer based in Prague, who for the past five years has been importing from six Lebanese wineries – to a country whose imports tend to be from the more traditional markets of France and Italy. With a growing popularity in the Lebanese wine he already sells, he is looking to add at least another one soon.
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