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B for Bacchus

30 EpisodesProduced by Farrah BerrouWebsite

Wine stories from the Fertile Crescent.

30 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

27. Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

May 12th, 2022


After a long hiatus, the podcast returns with the first episode of the long-awaited Season 3. This time, host Farrah Berrou is the interviewee and fellow writer, historian, and Twitter friend, N.A. Mansour, is the …

26. LEBANON - Little Bible Land in the Crossfire of History

August 16th, 2021


Farrah shares some updates on Season 3 (returning in October!). Plus, she reads an article from a 1970 issue of National Geographic Magazine titled, "Lebanon, Little Bible Land in the Crossfire of History" by William S. …

25. LEBANON - Politics can play a part; it doesn’t have to though

February 11th, 2021


Months after its release online, Farrah discusses the documentary Wine and War with Lebanese wine writer, Michael Karam, who was part of the project. The documentary tells the story of Lebanese wine "seen through the …

24. LEBANON - The story never stopped, it continued with us

November 30th, 2020


Back in July, Farrah had breakfast with Christiane Issa Nahas of Domaine des Tourelles. They discuss how one of the oldest Lebanese wineries was …

23. LEVANT - Arak & mountains are like salt & pepper

November 4th, 2020


Over Zoom, Farrah speaks to Joseph and Marwan El Asmar about arak. Joseph, calling in from South Lebanon's Jezzine, is the author of The Milk of Lions

22. LEVANT - The Abbasids love their glitter

October 21st, 2020


In this episode, Farrah chats with Joumana Medlej, a French-Lebanese artist based in London. They discuss Joumana's book, Inks & Paints of the Middle East, and whether or not she came across wine/grapes as an …

21. LEBANON - Only archeology can give us the right answers

October 7th, 2020


After exactly one year since the launch of the podcast, we're back with Season 2! For the first episode, Farrah speaks to Dr. Helene Sader from the …

Season Two Coming Soon

September 4th, 2020


A quick update from Farrah on the status of the podcast, Patreon, and the upcoming Season Two.

Translation of "Li Beirut" taken from Why must every …

BEIRUT BLASTS - Conversation with Who Run the World

August 8th, 2020


On Tuesday, an explosion of 2750 TONS of ammonium nitrate shattered the entire country (and neighboring ones). Rhea, Marilyn, and Farrah had planned …

20. JUST A DROP - The Lost Glass and Cigarette

June 29th, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

Once again, Farrah went a little over the 10-minute mark for this one. After stumbling upon 1924's lost silent film "WINE," Farrah …

19. JUST A DROP - The Middle Yeast

June 1st, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

This one's about the microbe that gives us so many of our favorite foods & drinks: Yeast. Farrah talks about the fermentation process …

18. JUST A DROP - Wine of the Bean

May 14th, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

Disclaimer - this one’s a little over 10 minutes but it’s worth it! In this short episode, Farrah goes over the origins of coffee and why it …

17. JUST A DROP - Corona Borealis

April 23rd, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

Back with another short episode this week on the story of Bacchus' wife, Ariadne, and the Corona Borealis.

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16. LEBANON - For people to try your product, you have to give them a reason

April 10th, 2020



Farrah speaks to Joe Saade of Terre Joie, the home of vineyards that sit on the vertex of 3 tectonic plates in the Bekaa Valley. From Saddam Hussein to Amal Clooney, this episode is …

15. JUST A DROP - The Levant Fault System

March 26th, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

The Levant Fault System, or the Dead Sea Transform, is a network of …

14. LEBANON - Competition pushes you to pay attention to what you’re producing

March 18th, 2020



Elie Maamari, export manager of Chateau Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest and largest winery, talks to Farrah about his 40-year …

13. JUST A DROP - Obeidy vs. Merwah

March 5th, 2020


JUST A DROP: Less than 10 minutes about a wine topic, some news, and updates.

Obeidy (also spelled Obaideh, Obeideh, Obeidi - you get the point) and Merwah are two indigenous white grapes of Lebanon but how do they …

12. LEBANON - People flooded to Baalbeck because of water

February 28th, 2020


Farrah talks to Alia Fares, a German-Lebanese archaeologist & tour guide who’s very, very familiar with the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site of

11. BONUS - Don’t leave me far from Al Ferzol

February 20th, 2020


We're back with Alex Rowell again for a bonus clip on Abu Nuwas' work and whether or not he ever wrote about Lebanon. In this short episode, we talk …

10. LEVANT - Wine has always been a part of this

February 11th, 2020


Our first episode of 2020 is with Alex Rowell, author of Vintage Humor: The Islamic Wine Poetry of Abu Nuwas. Farrah talks to Alex about who Abu Nuwas was and what his poetry meant to Arabic literature, Islam, and wine. …

9. LEBANON - Through resilience, through believing, in the end we can persist

December 31st, 2019


SPECIAL NYE RELEASE: Today marks the 5th anniversary of Serge Hochar’s passing. This episode is dedicated to the wine legend. Farrah speaks to his son, Marc Hochar, about the philosophy of Chateau Musar and what it …

8. PALESTINE - Use what you have in your own country, in your own lands

December 25th, 2019


For a special Christmas release, B for Bacchus leaves Lebanon for the first time and talks to Fadi Batarseh of Cremisan, a West Bank winery near Bethlehem. Farrah asks Fadi about his thesis on the area’s indigenous …

7. LEBANON - Siblings Part 2: Be proud of your local production

December 24th, 2019


Part 2 of 2 episodes where Farrah talks to brother-sister duos from two Bekaa Valley wineries. In both episodes/wineries, the older sister handles …

6. LEBANON - Siblings Part 1: We're the transition between the bottle and the vines

December 19th, 2019


Part 1 of 2 episodes where Farrah talks to brother-sister duos from two Bekaa Valley wineries. In both episodes/wineries, the older sister handles …

5. LEBANON - To-Do Lists and Arak at 3pm

December 2nd, 2019


A special 3-in-1 this time around: Thouraya Karam of Karam Wines, Joanna Gerges of Chateau Cana, and Andrea Geara of Aurora Winery. Each of these three young women represents a family-run winery in a different region of …

4. LEBANON - Why can't we dream?

November 20th, 2019


Maher Harb, the winemaker at the young Sept Winery in the small Batroun village of Nahla, is the only biodynamic winemaker in Lebanon. Farrah talks to him to find out what that means and what it took to start Sept, a …

3. LEBANON - We need to make a much bigger cake

November 5th, 2019


Farrah talks to Hady Kahale, wine consultant, manager of Batroun's Atibaia, and husband of Episode 2's guest, Jennifer Massoud. Hady is the …

2. LEBANON - I was baptized in wine

October 21st, 2019


Farrah sits down with Jennifer Massoud of Atibaia winery in Batroun, a wine region north of Beirut. As one of the smallest, if not THE smallest, boutique wineries in a tiny country, business isn't done like a commercial …

1. LEBANON - Our savior is the vines

October 7th, 2019


In the very FIRST episode of the B for Bacchus podcast, Farrah talks to Eddie Chami from Couvent Rouge, a winery in the Bekaa Valley's Deir el Ahmar. …


September 18th, 2019


Introducing a podcast about wine in the Levant, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Caucasus.
Hosted by Farrah Berrou

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