What The Death Of Coffee Shops Tells Us About Silicon Valley

The tech community needs physical places to meet, program, pitch, make deals and brainstorm.

 

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Students raise a glass to the business of wine

A glass of wine is a way to relax after a day’s studying for many MBA students. But at Sonoma State University, whose Napa Valley campus is nestled amid the vineyards north of San Francisco, the business of producing the fermented grape is a growing opportunity for executive training.

 

Tired of noisy pubs? Join the techies drinking at their desks

It is 5pm on a Friday on an industrial estate in Hoxton, east London. At the offices of Tribesports, company co-founder Andrew McDonough is breaking open a freshly delivered case of beer.

 

Record wine harvest at UK’s Chapel Down points to a vintage year

English wine producer Chapel Down has reported a record harvest, courtesy of the prolonged and warm summer.

 

The criminal enterprise behind an island’s vintage crop

The crisp white wine smells of Mediterranean brush and its golden shimmer recalls the sun. Lamberto Frescobaldi, vice president of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi winemaker, shed a tear when he first tasted it.

 

Decanting: The secret is out of the bottle

The first wine I ever decanted was a 1979 Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon (Oddbins, £1.99).

 

Think Pink – Italian Rosé

Looking at the relatively short list of my current favourite still pink wines I am rather surprised to find that there are as many Italian examples (five) as there are wines from Provence, the heartland of French rosé.

 
 
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