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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