In brief

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

■ Dom Pérignon has launched a lux­u­ri­ous click-and-buy ser­vice. The Cham­pagne has teamed up with al­co­hol de­liv­ery app Thirstie, promis­ing to de­liver a chilled bot­tle of bub­bly within an hour. The ser­vice cur­rently op­er­ates in New York, Mi­ami, San Fran­cisco, Chicago, Austin, Hous­ton and Toronto.

■ A bot­tle of Pen­folds Grange 1951 has been sold for £ 31,387 to a pri­vate col­lec­tor at an auc­tion held at MW Wines in Mel­bourne, 19 July. MW Wines be­lieves it to be ‘a record price’ for this wine in Aus­tralia.

■ Mon­day 7 Au­gust saw the start of the 2017 wine har­vest in Cal­i­for­nia’s Napa Val­ley, fol­low­ing a rel­a­tively un­trou­bled grow­ing sea­son. Pick­ers at Mumm Napa started on the Pinot Noir, and har­vest­ing also be­gan at Do­maine Carneros, the Cal­i­for­nia es­tates of Cham­pagne houses Mumm and Tait­tinger re­spec­tively.

■ Mil­len­nial Pros­ecco drinkers are driv­ing UK sparkling wine sales, ac­cord­ing to the Wine & Spirit Trade As­so­ci­a­tion. Its lat­est trade re­port states the sparkling wine trade grew by 12% last year, echo­ing a WSTA con­sumer poll show­ing that 97% of 18- to 24-year-olds said they drank Pros­ecco, a driv­ing force in Bri­tain’s grow­ing sparkling wine mar­ket.

■ UPS has ex­panded its al­co­hol ship­ping ser­vices, de­liv­er­ing wine and spir­its from the win­ery door in 68 coun­tries world­wide to 39 new des­ti­na­tions, within three days, depend­ing on des­ti­na­tion. The big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the ex­pan­sion are Europe and Asia, where wine lovers in 23 and 11 coun­tries re­spec­tively will be able to take ad­van­tage of al­co­hol ship­ment.

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