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Producing a high quality boutique wine in the middle of a war zone is no easy task, but brothers Karim and Sandro Saade have soldiered on in spite of the difficulties.The clink of glasses and the musical glug of wine created a soothing backdrop Monday evening as The Daily Star caught up with the vineyard owner at a blind tasting of Marsyas' 2007 to 2011 vintages at Saifi Village's Vintage Wine Cellar.Three years into the war in Syria, the Saade brothers, along with their consultant, renowned Bordeaux wine expert Stephane Derenoncourt, have had to take an inventive, increasingly adaptable approach to production at Domaine de Bargylus, their 20-hectare vineyard situated close to Latakia. In spite of the considerable challenges, Syria's only export-quality wine is flourishing on the international market. Along with the Chateau Marsyas red and white, the Bargylus wines are stocked by Michelin-starred restaurants in three countries, and Saade says that they are continuing to expand globally.
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