Daily News: Timbaland Allegedly Bails on Fundraiser Over Champagne, Wine Sales Around Super Bowl Increase

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Your daily dose of news and happenings from around the drink-o-sphere:

– Wine is expected to play a larger role in Super Bowl 50 as a larger demographic—including younger viewers and more women—sits down for America’s most-watched TV event.

– 2016 may be a challenging year for American wine because of cheaper imports from wine markets like South Africa, southeastern Europe, Turkey and Georgia.

– Candace Moon has become America’s first official craft beer lawyer.

– An investigation into Kate del Castillo—the actress who helped Sean Penn meet El Chapo—found that the office for del Castillo’s tequila company in Miami has been empty for months.

– As world demand for coffee reaches an all-time high, dry weather in coffee-producing nations could limit supply in 2016.

– Though the Eastern European region of Transnistria is not recognized as a sovereign nation, its Kvint brandy pulls in about $50 million annually.

– Finally, a promoter is accusing Timbaland of refusing to perform at a charity concert for residents of Flint, Mich., because the event served Dom Perignon instead of Ace of Spades.

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