Kankana shows us the best way to unfold memories, share stories and try this season. Her food blog, Playful Cooking is all about effortless cooking and fresh ingredients. This time, she’s experimented with Big Banyan Merlot and the result is a warm drink to spice up your festive season.
This Christmas, don’t just serve a bottle of good wine. Instead, make special by adding more flavors. Mulled wine is a perfect cozy drink to warm you up on cold winter nights. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas in an authentic way, we still love to get in the mood and enjoy all the joyful foods. This warm drink surely helps to spice up the palate and get one into the festive spirit.
Living in California for several years made us wine lovers! Mostly red and sometimes white, with a casual cheese platter, was our typical stay-in, weekend evening ritual. When we moved back to India, good wine is one thing we missed a lot. While there is quite an array available, sadly not a lot could suit our taste buds. California had spoilt us. Then, we came across a few local products that made our palate very happy. Big Banyan is one such brand. Recently, they asked me to make something Christmas-y with their wine and I straightaway thought of mulled wine with their Merlot.
The first time that we sipped mulled wine was in Paris. We were on a short vacation. It was November and every corner had these stalls where a big pot of wine would be simmering away. Ladled on a plastic cup, it was the drink we needed to warm up as we walked part the tourist-y spots.
Mulled wine is so easy to prepare and the best part is that it can be made in advance. There are no rules with the recipe. Just go with the flow and treat your wine bottle as a blank canvas. I added a few common spices like cinnamon, clove and star anise. Then, a hint of fruits went in to compliment these warm spices. The key thing to remember here is to only simmer and never boil the wine as it will burn off the alcohol and spoil the taste as well.
Typically, mulled wine is served warm but it tastes equally good when cold or at room temperature.
Have a look at our wine collection to find your spirit for experimentation.
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.
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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.