Christmas excuse enough to have more wine. All those parties at home with family call for more bottles to be uncorked every night. But December 2015 was extra special for us. The state of Kerala, known the world over for its pristine beauty, saw a sudden surge in the sale of wines.
Traditionally, Kerala was a market that guzzled hard liquor. Rum and brandy were the popular favourites. In fact, visitors to the state were often greeted by the rather strange sight of long, serpentine queues of men waiting for their daily drink outside local liquor stores. But on March 31, 2014, the government, as part of its new liquor policy, refused to renew the licenses of 418 bars that expired on that day. New liquor bars would be allowed only in five-star hotels, declared the government. This was done in a bid to curb the consumption of hard liquor in the state.
In January 2015, the government decided to relax this restriction a bit, and announced that it would issue licenses to wine and beer parlours. Liquor stores that shut shop reopened as wine and beer parlours and started serving up again. The average monthly sales in 2015 saw a steady spike compared to the previous fiscals, with wine sales estimated to have increased by 184.54% (source: http://bit.ly/1ZzPCAa). And winemakers across the country were ready to make merry during Christmas!
Big Banyan Premium Wines was no exception. It was a good year for us. But we had an even better December. As the locals bought more and more of our Indian made wines, we ushered in the New Year on a high. We hope to continue this good run in 2016 too.
This Valentine’s Day, gift a garden to your loved one. Take home a bottle of our wines, and get a gift card with embedded seeds free. Plant the card and watch it blossom.
If you’re someone who loves entertaining friends at home, these tips are just for you. Follow them and brush up on your mixing skills. Dish out the most delish cocktails ever.
It’s the season for hobnobbing and partying. The days and nights are filled with feasts, treats and little nibbles. While you cook up a storm, we thought we’d help you put together the perfect party starter. We got in touch with Deeba Rajpal, and she created this sinfully yum cheese dip with smoky baked mushrooms. … Continue reading Smoky Baked Mushroom Cheese Dip
This is perhaps one of our favourite festivals. We simply love the riot of colours, the festive spirit, the chance to meet and have fun with all your friends and family, and of course, all the yummy delicacies prepared today.
Christmas ain’t complete without a lusciously indulgent, fruity, boozy cake. And this one fits the bill perfectly, yet redefines it in a very modern way. The Spiced Orange Cake with Mascarpone and Poached Oranges is as decadent as it gets. And it’s also the last in our series by Shivesh. Over to him. This is … Continue reading Spiced Orange Cake with Mascarpone and Poached Oranges
Just like fashion, fads in food come and go. A few years ago, there was a rumour that cabbage soup was trending (that would have been like the 90s for fashion). Depending on where you live, the list varies. Each region has got its own quirky ideas and favourites. And after analysing quite a few of these lists, we’ve put together our own list – one that we would love to follow!
The season of good food, wine and parties is here. And we’ve got some great recipes for you to try this Christmas. We got one of favourite bloggers, Shivesh, to create some delicious desserts for us. This here is his fabulously yum Black Forest Pavlova with cherries infused in Big Banyan Merlot. Over to him. … Continue reading Christmas special: Black Forest Pavlova with wine infused cherries
Christmas excuse enough to have more wine. All those parties at home with family call for more bottles to be uncorked every night. But December 2015 was extra special for us. The state of Kerala, known the world over for its pristine beauty, saw a sudden surge in the sale of wines. Traditionally, Kerala was … Continue reading Wine wins in Kerala!
How well do you know your wines? Do you consider yourself a wine snob of sorts? Get ready then! We are going to put your love for wines to test. #RiddleMeWine will test your knowledge about both Big Banyan wines and wine making in general. Big Banyan wines are made from the plumpest, just-ripe grapes. … Continue reading #RiddleMeWine
Wine and food pairing is a subject discussed with great reverence in the world of gourmet dining. Modern gastronomy has written tomes and waxed eloquent on the subtle art of pairing. Any restaurant worth its salt has a sommelier to assist diners in picking the right wine with their food.