I’ve known Mandi King for a long time, but I can’t remember exactly how we first became friends. Maybe it was when she took me out to lunch for my 50th birthday. That was in 2007, the same year she teamed up with her friends Bev Roberts and Ann Morgan to host their first Kentucky Derby Party…

Every year, Rob McMillan, executive vice president and founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s wine division, publishes the equivalent of the State of  the Union address, called the State of the Wine Industry Report. That the bank should have a wine division is no coincidence.