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News Briefs for June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018

•Amazon has begun offering wine and beer delivery through its Prime Now platform in a number of key Texas markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Amazon Prime members in those areas can receive wine and beer deliveries within two hours for free or within one hour for a small fee. Amazon’s move to offer wine and beer on-demand in Texas follows its launch of wine and beer delivery in Miami and Orlando last month. The retail behemoth has been aggressively expanding its alcohol delivery activities across the U.S., both through Prime Now and in tandem with recent acquisition Whole Foods.

•Peru’s Pisco Portón is relaunching in the U.S. under the new brand name Caravedo. In addition to the name change, the brand will now offer nutritional information on the label of its Mosto Verde expression, highlighting the fact that the grape-based spirit has just over 100 calories per standard 1.5-ounce serve. Caravedo will continue to be produced at Ica, Peru-based Destileria La Caravedo, which was established in 1684 and claims to be among the oldest distilleries in the Americas. Pisco Portón made its U.S. debut in 2011, positioned in the $40 a 750-ml. range.

•Christie’s has appointed Tim Triptree to the post of international director of wine, leading all of the firm’s wine sales across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Triptree joined the auction house in London in 2005, then worked in the Hong Kong office from 2013 to 2017 as head of sales before returning to London a year ago. He has been instrumental in overseeing several big consignments in recent years, including a Charles Heidsieck Champagne sale in November and a consignment of 1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from Burgundy that sold for £264,000 in London in March, the equivalent of $348,000.

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