Wine may be good for you (even in large doses, apparently) but not for tigers, at least not in China. Tiger bone wine, which is wine fermented in the skeletons of the large feline, has been an ongoing trend in China, propogated solely by the rich and ritzy of the nation.
Tiger bone wine isn't some strange elixir one can only get on China's blackmarket, as the alcoholic beverage steeped in animal bones (just try and get that creepy image out of your head) is freely sold to the public in standard shops. One bottle goes for about $90 Canadian, while an eight-year vintage is sold for upwards of $350.
Some traditional health benefits are linked to Tiger bone wine, but in most, if not all cases, the wine is purchased as a symbol of wealth and class. Essentially, China's wealthy population want everyone to know they're rich by buying wine made from tigers. What ever happened to just buying a ridiculously expensive car?
Tigers are an endangered species, with only around 4, 000 in existence today, so China has come under fire from animal rights groups who have heavily criticized the wine-making process and market, for obvious reasons. Still, "tiger farms" in China have stated that it's totally legal, and government approved, to make wine from the skeletons of animals who have already died. But lets be real, if there's a large enough demand, something tells me a businessman isn't going to wait for a tiger to pass on from old age.
Weird, kinda gross, and morally reprehensible, Tiger bone wine is a trend we don't want to see catch on in other places around the world. That being said, we can't deny it'd feel pretty baller to sip on a glass of red and literally drink the essence of a mighty tiger, you know, like one time.
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.
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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.
Only a few days after a large number of Montrealers called out mayoral candidate Denis Coderre's proposal to ban park drinking at night, he himself flip-flopped on the issue.
Coderre, whose suggestion to impose an 8 p.m. drinking ban in parks has been intensely scrutinized and even mocked by fellow mayoral candidates, had said that this move would "help citizens regain a sense of calm."
In a statement posted to Twitter on June 2, Coderre deplored the "violence on the territory of Montreal, particularly in the parks and in the streets" and criticized Plante's administration as "laissez-faire."
"Police need tools," he wrote. "Temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal."
On Wednesday, MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thought the drinking curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness called out Coderre's drinking curfew plan as a "discriminatory policy that would disproportionately affect young people, marginalized folks, and low-income or unhoused populations in Montreal."
In a statement, Holness said that "the rationale behind Coderre’s proposed ban — to 'make sure everybody feels safe' — elides histories of racial and social profiling in the city that were made abundantly clear in the OCPM’s report on systemic racism and discrimination in Montreal."