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Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley wine country

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Times foreign correspondent Borzou Daragahi, left, tastes wine at Kefraya vineyards, the Bekaa Valley’s leading producer of wine, with 2.5 million bottles annually. (Los Angeles Times)
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Kefraya vineyards’ most celebrated wine, the Comte de M, is a smooth, dry blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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Times foreign correspondent Borzou Daragahi, right, with Sami Reha at Cave Kouroum. Reha and his brother launched the Bekaa Valley winery 10 years ago. (Los Angeles Times)
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Sami Reha at his Cave Kouroum. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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The view from Cave Kouroum. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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The Kefraya vineyards. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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The view from Chateau Kefraya. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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Inside the Beit Eddine palace, once the home of Bashir Shihab II, the Ottoman prince who reigned over the area known as Lebanon from 1788 to 1840. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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Tourists inside Beit Eddine. The palace is an elaborate labyrinth of gardens, baths and resplendent living quarters decorated with handcrafted cedar-wood carvings and pink marble. (Borzou Daragahi / LAT)
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