I was at a party yesterday where somebody presented self-made beer. Which reminded me of wine, and a beautiful winery we visited last spring: IXSIR, established 2008 in Basbina, not far from Batroun (here). A superb view in a wonderfully green place, an incomparable calm, like if you were in monastery. A huge olive tree welcomes you at the entrance, hidden stairs invite you to pause on their narrow steps, with meditating pumpkins behind you, and a huge and lovely backyard receives you at the end, asking about your impressions of this unique scenery. Not to mention the impressive wine cellars with their unique smell and beautifully stacked barrels, and the modern architecture of this very green building that won an international prize by CNN. Do I need to say more?