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News Briefs for December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

•Taittinger is moving across the Channel. The Champagne house has acquired 170 acres of farmland in Kent, England, where they and local partners will plant a vineyard and produce English sparkling wine for a new brand called Domaine Evremond. The project is a joint venture with Taittinger’s longtime U.K. importer Hatch Mansfield and private investors. The partners worked with Stephen Skelton, a 40-year veteran of English viticulture, to select the ideal terroir. At present, Domaine Evremond owns two large plots, currently used as an apple, pear and plum orchard, near Canterbury in southeast England, where much of the country’s best fruit is grown. They will plant 99 acres to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, beginning in 2016 and finishing in 2017. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Amazon has extended one- and two-hour alcohol delivery service to Manhattan through its Prime Now mobile app, marking the initiative’s second market, following an earlier launch in Seattle. While the retail giant has its own liquor license in Seattle, the company told tech news website Recode that its New York service is being contracted to delivery providers who hold all necessary permits. Amazon plans to slowly introduce alcohol delivery across the 21 U.S. markets in which Prime Now is offered.

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