‘Tis the season of merry making and giving! And picking the right gifts for your loved ones can be quite a nerve-wracking experience. Hours of planning, plotting and picking gifts can still leave you with a few loose ends. Wine makes for a safe backup option. Or a last minute gift. But how do you choose the right wine for someone? It’s no rocket science. Just follow these basic thumbrules to guide you.
Let’s start with the trickiest ones of the lot. You don’t really know much about them, or their tastes. You can’t make up your mind on what gift to buy them (or even what wine). We suggest Big Banyan Rosa Rossa for such people. Our rosé wine is a fruity, easy wine that everyone will enjoy with a light weekend brunch. You can’t really go wrong with it.
For your foodie friends
Got friends who are adventurous with food? We suggest you gift them Big Banyan Merlot. This red wine pairs well with many types of cuisines. The berry notes of the wine offset the flavours of the food, creating a great harmony.
For close friends
They deserve something special, like the Big Banyan Shiraz. The robust ruby red wine packs a punch with its fruity, velvety tannins, and leaves the palate dry.
For those with a sweet tooth
Look no further. Pick up a bottle of Big Banyan Bellissima for them. It is a dessert wine made with plump Muscat grapes that are harvested late and sun-soaked to naturally concentrate sugars and aroma. Its sweet and intense flavours will leave your friends in raptures.
For the connoisseur
These friends know how to appreciate a good wine. And for them we recommend Big Banyan Sauvignon Blanc (if they prefer white wine) or Limited Shiraz (if they prefer red wine). The white is a crisp and light dry wine with a tinge of fresh citrus, while the red is poetry in a bottle, and the classy gold packaging of the bottle gives it a very Christmassy feel.
For your closest friends
They are the ones who really, truly know you. You feel most comfortable around them. And they always leave you with a warm, happy feeling. For these wonderful humans, we suggest the Big Banyan Sauvignon Blanc. Every sip of it feels like a big warm hug.
For a first-timer
If you’re introducing someone to the world of wines for the first time this Christmas, we suggest you gift them Big Banyan Chenin Blanc. It is a zesty, elegant wine that is easy to drink, and fall in love with.
Got someone who’s not on these lists? Write to us and we’ll help you pick a wine.
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.
There are days when you load up on salads and run mini marathons. And then, there are days when you decide to cheat with a box full of cupcakes. Today, is one of such days for us. We paired up a few popular favourites with some of our wines. And the results were simply stupendous!
Summers are synonymous with a quintessential quencher – the lemony lime lemonade. A chilled glass of this sweet citrusy drink can lift your spirits instantly. As the mercury rises, most Indian households make big pitchers of this miracle drink and leave it in the fridge for the whole family to sip on.
It’s just after lunch. Your body craves for its shot of caffeine. But your brain screams in protest, “Have you lost your mind? It’s so hot!” Your body responds coolly, “Then let’s get a glass of wine.” Your brain mulls over this, “Wine? Really? I’m not very sure.” Well, dear brain, don’t overthink this.
The red-hot heat of summers makes us crave for something fresh, light and cool. Our instinct is to reach out for a big bowl of crisp salad. And of course, a glass of wine. Whether you’re having the salad for starters or for mains, pairing it with the right wine makes the greens pop alive, … Continue reading Wine And Salad Pairing Ideas
We’re back with the summer edition of Monday Mixology. Today, we have a simple pineapple sangria recipe that’s refreshingly tropical and oh so summery. It’s the perfect antidote to a stressful Monday. And posh enough to grace your Sunday brunch table. Give it a go! You’ll need: 750 ml Chenin Blanc 2 cups of pineapple … Continue reading Monday Mixology: Pineapple Sangria