December 1st, 2010
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Amman, Jordan (CNN) - It's not the sheep he uses to keep his grape vines tidy that make Omar Zumot's wines unusual. Nor is it the fish he uses as a source of fertilizer.

What truly sets Zumot's wines apart is the fact that they come not from the lush vineyards typically found in France or California, but from the hot and arid plains of Jordan.

"My father was a vintner since 1954, and it has always been his dream and our dream to produce a good wine of Jordan," Zumot told CNN.

"You know when I was four years of age, he would always tell me this country can produce the best wine in the world."

Middle Eastern wines were once a standing joke in the wine world - one report memorably dismissed them as "Chateau Migraine."

"Unfortunately the mind set that everybody had was that Jordanian wine is a mediocre wine, that Jordanian wine is not the best in the world," says Zumot.

For the FULL STORY: "Connoisseurs toast Jordan's desert wines"

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  1. The Witty One


    December 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  2. jillmarie

    I love all types of wine from different appellations. I've never heard of wine from Jordan, I'd love to try some!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  3. RichardHead@Truth

    Just caught that before signing off. It has Oscar written all over IT!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  4. RichardHead

    Thanks SLT. Well Guys and Special Brunettes I gotta hit the highway. Everybody stay safe and have a great evening.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Truth@RichHead

      Be well and travel safely. Talk to y'all in the morning!

      December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • AuroraDawn

      Be careful,drive safe!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
      • RichardHead@AD

        Get some sleep and I'll talk to ya in the morning.

        December 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  5. Truth@All

    Coming soon: "Eatocracy, the movie"


    Sarah Silverman as Kat
    Chelsey Lately as SLT
    Luke Wilson as JDizz
    Sam Elliott as RichHead (Wonder Dog starring as herself)
    Dylan McDermott as Truth
    James Franco as Jerv
    Matt Damon as SirBiddle
    and Angelina Jolie as Aurora Dawn

    December 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Truth@All

      ...And "Milton" as Bob...:)

      December 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • AuroraDawn

      LOL I certainly lucked out there!!!! Thank you! Angelina is a perfect choice!!! LOL

      December 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • Sir Biddle via the mobile

      I like it!

      December 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  6. Sir Biddle

    Maybe HAL shut the system down. Open the door HAL!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  7. AuroraDawn

    What did you guys do to SLT???? LOL RH Thank you kindly. Ladies always like a compliment.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Truth@RichHead, AD

    SLT is a sadist, a sadist I tell you!
    Trying to drive us mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • Sarah LeTrent

      We like to stir things up every now and then here at Eatocracy.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  9. RichardHead

    Ya'll must have been bad while I was gone.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  10. AuroraDawn

    LOL I don't think Bob would ever say that about me!'s incredibly true!!!! LOL

    December 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • RichardHead

      That's whty I said it. SLT is playing with us today.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
      • Truth@RichHead, AD

        I know...what gives?

        December 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  11. Truth@RichHead, AD


    December 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  12. AuroraDawn

    @RH...No I can't say you did tell me that!! LOL

    December 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Bob told me. It must be true.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  13. Truth@RichHead

    Welcome back...How was the drive?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Sitting outside Tallahassee FL. Got another eleven and a half hrs. to go. She's right @80,000. lbs yet rides real smooth.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
      • AuroraDawn

        Busy day here. Glad to hear all is well on your end!

        December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
      • Truth@RichHead

        I spent some time along that route. Did some Katrina relief and flew out of Mobile at the end. Also spent some time in Biloxi and Gulfport. Nice areas, as I remember...Drive safely, as you don't want to "hit" anything...;)

        December 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  14. RichardHead

    Yeah! Got to park on the Front Row. WI-FI- signal strong? Check. Let the games begin Ladies and Gentleman.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • AuroraDawn

      Well hello!

      December 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
      • RichardHead

        HI Stranger,how's your day?

        December 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Have I told you that you look fabulous today?

        December 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  15. AuroraDawn

    I like Rothschild Merlot, and I do like Margaritas as well. My fave drink though is a Bombay Sapphire Gin (don't know why just like Bombay) and diet 7up! But, when I'm home in Canada it's Wiser's and Diet Coke for me....not very feminine but yummy.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  16. Snowbunny

    I can't do wine.... but I can hit beer!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Jerv

      Yeah, never had much use for wine, can't really do beer anymore but I tear up a bottle of sour mash whiskey.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
      • Snowbunny

        However, I get these little nagging headaches when I drink beer. It's not a hangover headache... it's after I have a couple. I tried pooring the bottle into a glass and that doesn't help either. :( Now, once in awhile I fire up the blender and make a mean strawberry margarita! OH YEA!

        December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
      • Jerv

        Like to give myself brain freeze drinking really cold ice water for the headache. I'm a real sucker for margaritas! You go!

        December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
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