While you sit at your office desk, browsing through endless emails and drowning in the sheer skullduggery of life, there’s a whole world of exciting adventures out there. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself, off that chair. Ask for a leave, pack your bags with the basics (including wine, of course) and step out into the wonderful wide world.Take your pick from these five offbeat things to do in India. And live a little.
Unwind in Goa
We had to start with this place! Home to our wines, Goa offers so many different kinds of adventure. You could go beach hopping and discover secret alcoves. Or head to the Western Ghats for a nature trek. At night, when Goa truly comes alive, you could hit the clubs in Baga or go shopping at the Saturday Night Bazaar in Arpora. Goa also offers foodies the adventure of a lifetime. The shacks along every beach offer the best of local cuisine with the freshest catch of the day. If you are a shutterbug, you could ride around Goa, capturing the colonial heritage of the place.
Wine pick: Take your pick from any one of the Big Banyan wines. After all, we’ve bottled the essence of Goa into every last drop of our wines.
Camp in Thar Desert
Surrounded by the Aravalis and the Rann of Kutch, the rolling dunes of the Thar Desert beckon the true adventurers. On a full moon night, one can step out into the salt marshes of the Rann and experience the surreal, mystical beauty of the place. You can also experience life in the desert by staying at one of the villages. Or if you like your luxury, we’d recommend Jaisalmer with its stunning fort and rich heritage.
Wine pick: A cool white wine like Big Banyan Chenin Blanc to offset the soaring temperatures of the desert. Or, if you are trying the ‘lal maas’, a local specialty, we recommend Merlot.
Trek the Zanskar River
Now this one’s really hardcore! Attempt it if you’ve got a strong heart and a stronger will. Not for amateurs by any means, this trek is grueling and the climate quite inclement. But the trek through the frozen lake is an unforgettable experience. You will camp with the locals at night and trek through the vast barren snow covered terrain by day.
Wine pick: You’ll need something strong for this one. We’d recommend a Big Banyan Shiraz.
Explore the Sundarbans
Legends and myths abound the mangroves of Sundarbans. Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, the mangroves are known for their shifty landscape, the deceptive calm and spooky wilderness. Explore the place with experienced guides and live with the locals to get the true flavour of the place. While you’re there, you ought try some of the Bengali delicacies.
Wine pick: We’d go with a Cabernet Sauvignon to match the aura of the place.
Dive in the Andamans
The Andamans are slowly becoming a popular destination with diving enthusiasts. As you plunge into the turquoise blue sea, you are surrounded by a hidden underwater kingdom. You can swim by schools of exotic fish, you can see the endangered corals up close and experience a sense of wonder like never before. After your dive, you can soak up the sun on the white sand beaches, slowly sipping a Big Banyan wine.
Wine pick: We’d recommend a Chardonnay for its fresh flavours.
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