Tag Archives: Silicon Valley

• Study says 10% of West Coast wineries likely to sell in next 5 years

Study says 10% of West Coast wineries likely to sell in next 5 years

Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division has issued a new study, Ownership Transitions in the Wine Industry 2014, that examines the current historic high numbers of winery sales and transitions. Ten percent of wineries are strongly considering a sale within the next five years, and one in three is open to a sale under the right […]

• Home winemakers now need only a pod and a laptop

Home winemakers now need only a pod and a laptop

A US company is offering people the chance to buy winemaking equipment they can install at home and produce their own wine with a computer programme. WinePod is a four-foot tall, 75 litre “all-in-one ferment/press/ageing tank”, which gives owners the chance to make four cases of wine per batch with the aid of their laptop […]

• Why you’ll pay more for California wine this year

Why you’ll pay more for California wine this year

You might think that a flood of primo wine into the market after one of the best grape harvests ever in 2012 might mean lower prices per bottle. You would be wrong. Silicon Valley Bank’s State of the Wine Industry 2013 report included a survey of winery operators and found that small price per bottle […]

• How to beat rising wine prices

How to beat rising wine prices

Even though many wineries are raising prices, savvy consumers can still stock their cellars on the cheap. The glass looks half empty for lovers of California wine, as many wineries are expected to raise prices in the coming years. But experts say consumers can still hunt down a wide variety of cheap bottles. Although consumers […]

• Craft Brewers Tap Big Expansion

Craft Brewers Tap Big Expansion

Niche Market Is Bucking the Broader U.S. Beer Industry. Craft brewers are making a big bet on their small-label beers. As sales of specialty craft beers increasingly encroach on established U.S. brands, dozens of regional brewers are pouring millions of dollars into new brew kettles, fermenting tanks and bottling lines, while others are buying land […]

• Hipster baits job applicants with $10,000 & free beer. But PBR?

Hipster baits job applicants with $10,000 & free beer. But PBR?

Here’s how tight the Silicon Valley battle for tech talent has gotten: If you can fill an open engineering position at Hipster, the startup will reward you with $10,000 in cash and a year’s supply of PBR beer. The San Francisco company is looking for three or four local engineers with experience in building Web […]

• Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 11 – 15% Growth in 2011 Fine Wine Sales

Silicon Valley Bank Forecasts 11 – 15% Growth in 2011 Fine Wine Sales

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a leading provider of commercial banking services to the wine industry, released its Annual State of the Wine Industry Report for 2011-2012 via live webinar today. The report captures trends and addresses critical issues facing the U.S. wine industry, offering unique data and observations that help wine business owners and managers […]

• Sonoma Wine Co. goes solar with first-of-its-kind solar project

Sonoma Wine Co. goes solar with first-of-its-kind solar project

It’s not every day that a former world leader shows up in downtown Graton (near Santa Rosa, California). But there was ex-British prime minister Tony Blair, helping dedicate a first-of-its-kind solar energy project Thursday at Graton’s largest employer, Sonoma Wine Company. “This is a technology with a real chance to succeed,” said Blair, who was […]

• Blending Science With Wine: A Tech Executive Who Stomps His Own Grapes Refines the Discipline of Viniculture

Blending Science With Wine: A Tech Executive Who Stomps His Own Grapes Refines the Discipline of Viniculture

DAVIS—At a 12,000-square-foot research winery here at University of California, Davis, Silicon Valley wizardry is meeting centuries-old tradition—all in order to figure out how to make better wine. The mission is being carried out courtesy of T. J. Rodgers, chief executive of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in San Jose who also operates his own vineyards and […]

• UC Davis To Revolutionize Wine With High-Tech Gear

The UC Davis campus is getting a million dollar makeover that could change wine around the world. A Silicon Valley company designed and built new high tech fermentors for the college winery.