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.
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
We take our wine seriously. Very, very seriously. In fact, we’d consider it a great sacrilege if one did not follow the basic tenets of wine consumption. What are these? Well, they are rules of etiquette, consumption and indulgence. Now we all tread the fine line of wine sins (now and then), but have you … Continue reading Are you a wine sinner?
Slushies are all the rage this season. And with the temperatures soaring (it’s only March), who wouldn’t love a glass of chilled (or even frozen) yumminess? So as part of our Women’s Day celebration, the Pink Week, we’ve created a slushie with our deliciously light rosé wine, Big Banyan Rosa Rossa. Our rosé is created … Continue reading Celebrate Women’s Day with a Wine Slushie
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!