Michael Karam is a journalist, wine writer and documentary maker. A world-renowned expert in Lebanese wine, Karam is regularly invited to give lectures, talks and write articles on the subject. His writings have appeared in Decanter, Harpers Wine Weekly, Monocle and The Spectator, while he has also written on Lebanese affairs for The Spectator, The Times and Esquire. He is a contributor to Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine and The World Atlas of Wine, and Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, as well as the award-winning Wine Report. He is the author of Wines of Lebanon, winner of the Gourmand Award for Best New World Wine Book, Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon, shortlisted for the Gourmand award for Best Food and Travel Book, Chateau Ksara: 150 years of wine making 1957-2007 and A History of Winemaking in the Arab World. Karam produced Wine and War, a feature-length documentary about the historical resilience of Lebanon's winemakers during occupation, war and instability from the Phoenicians to the present day. He lives between the UK and Lebanon.
Norbert Schiller has lived and worked as a news photographer in the Middle East and Africa for nearly three decades, developing a deep understanding of its people and cultures. His main work was for the New York Times, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, European Pressphoto Agency, United Press International, Getty Images, and Der Spiegel. Schiller is now the curator of Photorientalist.org, an online museum dedicated to the preservation of historic images from the Middle East and North Africa. His publications include A Million Steps: Discovering the Lebanon Mountain Trail, 28 Days that Changed Lebanon, Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon and Wines of Lebanon - winner of the Gourmand Award. He lives between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Beirut, Lebanon.
Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for more than 30 years. He is the author of over 23 books, the most important of which have been published internationally by more than 50 publishers and translated into over 25 languages. In 1986, his book Champagne became the first wine book to win four literary awards, establishing Stevenson's reputation as the world's leading authority on Champagne.
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