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.
Come September, India is abuzz with festive preparations and celebrations. With guests dropping in at all hours, shopping for the big day, getting your home ready, you often end up with lesser and lesser time to spend in the kitchen.
Tacos have been a la mode for a while now. From the culinary geniuses at Michelin star restaurants to the mavericks who run food trucks, they have captured the imagination of chefs the world over. What makes tacos so fantastic is their versatility. They’re like a blank canvas waiting to be dressed up with a … Continue reading Wine and taco pairing guide
Tacos are the thing! They make for a quick meal, and are so versatile. And what makes them a particular favourite with us, is that they pair well with wines. In this blog, we explore yet another recipe. Richa Gupta of My Food Story created this amazing one for us. Over to her now. It’s … Continue reading Tilapia fish tacos with pineapple salsa
Experimenting with wine and food is one of our favourite pastimes. And to create easy, simple, yet incredible recipes (that anyone can make at home), we partner with some of the best bloggers in India. Our latest love is for tacos (well, they’re trending the world over, and we can’t get enough of them either).
For the warm tropical climes of India, white wines may be a great idea. They’re generally lighter than reds in terms of alcohol levels. They pair well with a wide variety of food. And they’re a great substitute for an ice-cold beer, as they’re lower in carbs. We can get you started on an incredible exploration of white wines.
Have you ever felt the need for a quick cocktail after a hard day’s work? To kick up your feet, empty your mind of all the noise, and just sip on a simple drink? We’ve got just the fix for this craving. You won’t need to look too far for the ingredients
When a sommelier describes a wine in the most poetic terms, you almost feel a twinge of envy. You wonder how one divines all those notes, and wish in all earnestly to sound just as pro as him.
As the makers of some of the finest Indian wines, we are often asked this question.
We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again. Pairing red wines with red meat and white wine with white meat is a foolproof approach. But we love a good food adventure, trying our wines with new cuisines, matching new flavour profiles, playing with food textures and balancing the ingredients.
Our recently concluded contest, ‘Fact or Fiction’, gave us an idea. We decided to delve a little deeper into the world of wines and dig out some hard truths for you. Often, urban legends gain a larger-than-life status, and many a time, fiction parades as fact. So here we are,trying to debunk some myths.
This is the drink you need when you want to drink, but not something too alcoholy. Or when there’s an impromptu party at home, and your wine stash is running low. Or when you just don’t want to invest in way too much wine for a party.