Vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate fudge. cake. . Some combinations are so classic! You instantly, instinctively know what to pair them with. But wine seems to be something of a mystery. To demystify this seemingly complex process, we’ve drawn up 4 basic wine and food pairing rules.
What you would serve at the start of a meal? Light nibbles of course. It could be cheese, it could be a little baked starter like canapés or a stuffed mini filo pastry. Due to the cheesy nature of these dishes, they tend to have flavours of saltiness and sourness. What you need to cut through these is a wine with acidity – like the Big Banyan Rosa Rossa. It is light bodied and sails down pretty smooth. Set the mood for your dinner, with a wine like this.
This is usually your piece de resistance. The dish that would elicit oohs-and-aahs from your guests! You’d want a wine that would compliment the grace of your main course. Pick a Big Banyan Limited Shiraz. Its deep flavours enhance the flavours of your food. And it pairs well with mains like risotto, grilled chicken with young vegetables on the side, or even fish like John Dory.
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ spicy Indian curry and butter naan for mains! But many believe that wine and Indian don’t work well together. We say – they are so mistaken! Pick a Cabernet Sauvignon. The deep, intense personality of this wine is just what you need for food that is big on flavours.
This one’s rather simple. Simply choose a dessert wine – like the Big Banyan Bellissima. But there’s one thing you need to bear in mind – make sure your dessert is light and airy, like a soufflé. Big Banyan Bellissima is divinely sweet, but as dessert wines tend to be, it is on a slightly heavier side. Pairing it with light, happy desserts will end the meal on a high note.
Summer is a state of mind. The overcast skies of Bangalore sometimes make us long for warm sunshine. To cheer our spirits, we captured that elusive sunshine in a glass – with our citrusy, zesty white wine cocktail. It’s quick and (ridiculously) easy to make (like all our other drinks). You will find all the … Continue reading A citrusy affair
The name says it all. ‘Dessert’ wine. This is a sweet wine that’s typically served as dessert. Or with a dessert.These wines are typically made from grapes like Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, etc., and are left of the vines till the grapes extend beyond the standard stage of ripeness.
When you read a wine label, you encounter poetic descriptions about the aroma of wine. It may be made of grapes, but the smell includes a whole host of other elements. They conjure images of fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, wood and even the most intangible, esoteric ideas.
Put it down to our childhood, or just the scorching heat, summers leave us longing for a nice, long holiday. This week, we had the perfect opportunity to take that break. We came over to Goa for the Grape Escapade. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the Grape Escapade is a … Continue reading Let’s go on a Grape Escapade!
Summer’s here, and it’s official. The languid afternoons call for drinks that are cool, fruity and refreshing. Our absolute favourites for this season are Sangrias. These wine-based cocktails originated in Spain. But today, they are loved the world over. Traditionally,a Sangria was a punch made with red wine, chopped fruit, fruit juice, and other alcohol … Continue reading Strawberry Orange White Wine Sangria
It is just the beginning of summer but the temperatures are already spiking. Cool, inviting pools are a regular feature of our daydreams. Wide brimmed hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are part of our daily garb. But most importantly, we long for ice filled drinks with all kinds of fruity little bits, laced with alcohol. Hydration … Continue reading 3 wine cocktails for Indian summers
Today, we go back to the basics, and master the art of cooking with wine. We introduce you to terms you may have read in cookbooks, and even perhaps, tried practicing at home. This blog will elevate your home cooking experience, and turn your dishes into culinary masterpieces. To aid us in our efforts, we … Continue reading Cooking with wine: Your guide to cooking with red and white wine
It’s the season of merry making. The last week of December is one endless stream of parties. Wine is almost the natural choice of drink during this season. Serving it up in interesting ways can pose quite a challenge. To keep it pocket friendly, specially when you’d like to pair it with cheese, can seem … Continue reading How to make the Ultimate Wine and Cheese Board on a budget
This seems like an obvious thing, right? The pairing choice is so natural that you’d not think twice about it. Be it at home, or your favourite Italian restaurant, your choice of drink with pasta is inevitably wine. But do you know what wine works well with the pastas on the menu? If the restaurant … Continue reading Pairing your pasta and wine
There’s a nip in the air, and the first signs of winter are everywhere. We love the darker, full-bodied reds for this season, as they are so hearty. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Shiraz, a red wine with a distinct, robust personality. Regions with warmer temperatures, like Australia and India, are perfect for … Continue reading Know your wine: Shiraz