When you're depressed after a bad breakup, you have two cures: ice cream, with all of its comforting fat and sugar, and tons of alcohol, which may make you more sad in the long run but does allow for brief moments of "who gives a fuck that bastard sucked anyway." Normally you'd have to enjoy one and the other, but Mercer's Ice Cream in New York has fused the two in their own line of Wine Infused Ice Cream.
Many thanks to Petit Petit Gamin who opened our minds to the magical world of wine infused ice cream, which, we want to make sure you note, is not wine "flavoured" ice cream. No, this is the real deal, with a pint of Mercer's special blend containing a legit 5% alcohol content. So yes, you can eat a big bowl and get a serious wine-buzz on.
Mercer's wine infused ice cream comes in 7 different flavours: Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Spiced and Riesling. All sound amazing, and we'd love to get our spoons in a bowl of at least one flavour (dibs on Chocolate Cabernet) but, unfortunately, Mercer's "winecream" isn't available outside of their upstate New York store. International vendors are apparently "coming soon," and Athena knows we'll be waiting.
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Maison No. 9 is a wine blend — 45% Grenache Noir, 25% Cinsault, 15% Syrah and 15% Merlot — and contains aromas of ripe pineapple, pear and strawberry with hints of French sweets.
The 750-millilitre all-glass bottle is topped with a glass cap blown into "battlements" that depict a medieval castle, located near the vineyard where the wine is made.
The wine name is inspired by Malone’s favourite tarot card, the Nine of Swords, which symbolizes resentment, guilt and moving past life's difficult events.
Maison No. 9's suggested retail price starts at $29.95.
*An earlier version of this article, using information from a spokesperson for Maison No. 9, stated that the rosé would be available at the SAQ. An SAQ spokesperson has confirmed this is not the case. This article has been updated with correct information.
The balmy temperatures and long, sunny days are well and truly here. What could be better than a backyard barbecue with up to eight of your favourite people (including yourself) to celebrate?
If you hate to interrupt your hangout with a trip to the dep for more drinks and snacks, Skip's got you covered! The Canadian delivery company has a wide selection of drinks and dishes that you can have delivered right to you.
To have alcohol delivered with this convenient service, just add it to your order on the Skip website or mobile app along with a minimum food purchase.
Whether you want a can of sparkling cider, a refreshing beer or a glass of wine, you'll find something on Skip that'll delight your taste buds.
Caldora Pinot Grigio From Wienstein & Gavino's
Address: 1434, rue Crescent, Montreal, QC
Details: Embrace some Mediterranean flavours at your barbecue with some polpo (grilled octopus, tomato, olive and feta antipasto) and a glass of chilled Italian white wine.
You'll want to relax and have a good time at your first post-pandemic barbecue, which is why being able to order extra snacks and drinks with Skip is so handy. Just make sure that whoever places the order has their ID close. Without it, delivery people won't be allowed to hand over your drinks.
Montrealers are anxiously awaiting the return of warm weather and sunshine-filled Sundays in Mount Royal park... and if you have to ask why then you're clearly not from around here. Tam-Tams — the weekly meetup of drummers, dancers, picnickers, and stoners — is a Montreal tradition for good reason.
If you've never been to Tam-Tams before or you've taken a long pandemic hiatus, don't worry. We have you covered! We've created this packing list of all the essentials you need to bring with you for a good time at Tam-Tams.
A bottle-opener or wine-opener should be right at the top of your list of Tam-Tams essentials. There's nothing worse than showing up to Mount Royal park with your cold wine or bubbly and not being able to open it.
Pro tip: We've heard you can use the sole of a hard shoe to open a bottle of wine if you're in a bind.
A cozy blanket
A blanket is a necessity for a day at a park in Montreal.
Use it to lounge, tan, and protect yourself from whatever lurks on the ground below. The bigger the blanket, the cozier the summer day.
Your favourite snacks
Sunday Tam-Tams in the park wouldn't be complete without a great outdoor brunch or your own version of tapas.
Like all public spaces, keep Montreal parks clean by disposing of your trash or compost in your own bags.
Not only does it make the lives of our beloved city workers easier, but it's also important to protect natural environments by doing your part to keep them free of litter.
If you're keen on taking yourself out on a date, we're all for it — being alone is great! However, in Montreal, Tam-Tams represents an unofficial tradition of getting together and enjoying a sunny day with fellow Montrealers.
Some great friends and fam will make your warm summer day all the more memorable.
Wear comfortable clothes to Tam-Tams.
You may spontaneously decide to join a drum circle. And, even if you don't, we assure you that lounging on a blanket all day in tight jeans can test your patience.
The more comfortable your outfit, the longer you'll last at Tam-Tams, which is the best way to make the most of the day.
Bonus points for looking bright, colourful and hippy-esque.