■ 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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