Oh, we’re so excited! This time of the year is simply amazing! The festivals coming up back to back all the way till the New Year, the festive mood, the unending parties, and of course all that wine. Dassera marks the beginning of season. And we’ve got some great plans to get you into the spirit of the season. We have here nine fun wine party ideas to keep you entertained.
1. Dhandiya night
Navratri is never complete without a good ol’ dhandiya night! Make it a Bollywood theme party. And line up some tub-thumping, ‘dhinchak’ dance numbers. . For food, order in or make some spicy starters and kebabs. Pair the food and the mood with Rosa Rossa.
2. Feasting night
No Indian festival is ever complete without an amazingly feast of delicious, traditional dishes. Cook up the choicest of Bengali food, Gujarati food or any other cuisine you love. And pair it with Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon.
3. Pandal hopping night
If you’re living in any Indian city where the ‘pandal’ culture is popular, don’t miss out on going ‘pandal-hopping’. (For the uninitiated, ‘pandals’ are where the goddess is displayed, and there’s loads of food, music and fun.) Soak in the festive vibe, the scrumptious street food, the performances by local bands and musicians. . And then come home in high spirits and pop open our refreshing Chenin Blanc.
4. Games night
This is an idea for a stay-in evening. Call your friends and family over and bring out the board games. Open a bottle of Big Banyan Merlot or Shiraz and spend a cozy evening in the company of wine and the people you love.
5. Colour night
In some parts of India, the nine nights of Dassera are associated with nine colours. You can have a fun, colour theme party, and serve up colourful cocktails to match. Whip up these cocktails with your favourite Big Banyan wines. Need ideas for cocktails? Look here (link to our cocktails page).
6. Cheesy night
Partying every night can be quite taxing. Take a break and call your girlfriends over. Bring out the wines, cheese and chitter-chatter. Need a few pairing tips? Try these. Pair Chardonnay with Brie, Merlot with Gouda, Cheddar with Cabernet Sauvignon and Gruyere with Sauvignon Blanc
7. Fancy dress night
The underlying theme for Dassera is good vs evil. And that could be the theme for your party! Ask your guests to come dressed as a ‘good’ or ‘evil’ character. And give away a bottle of Limited Shiraz to the best-dressed person.
8. Ghazal night
You’ve got to balance the wild nights with calmer, mellow ones. Have a ghazal night with the best of Jagjit Singh, Begum Akhtar, Panjak Udhas and the likes playing in the background, while you enjoy a divine glass of Big Banyan Shiraz.
9. The big night
This one’s the grand Dassera night bash. We’d suggest you go all traditional on this one, call your family over, make some authentic festive food and have a wonderful time. For dessert bring out the Big Banyan Bellissima.
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