VIDEO: VIC VANNI OF SOLIS WINERY OF SANTA CLARA VALLEY

We sat down with Vic Vanni of Solis Winery of Santa Clara Valley to talk about how his family got into the wine business and also taste some wine from his winery. Vani remembers the good old days when they lived in the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” which is now known as Silicon Valley. His… Continue Reading


VIDEO: GINO FORTINO OF FORTINO WINERY

Gino Fortino of Fortino Winery in Gilroy talks about Charbono wine, which is made out of an Italian grape varietal. There are only 80 acres of the Italian grape varietal Charbono grown in California and Fortino’s grows some of them. “Cult wine,” is often a phrase used when talking about Charbono. Fortino Winery was founded in… Continue Reading


VIDEO: GENE GUGLIELMO OF GUGLIELMO WINERY OF SANTA CLARA WINERIES

Meet Gene Guglielmo, a third generation winemaker from Santa Clara county, the oldest wine growing region in California. Guglielmo Winery is the oldest continuously family owned and operated winery in Santa Clara Valley. We sat down with Guglielmo to find out the history of his family’s winery and taste a couple of Guglielmo wines. Guglielmo shares how… Continue Reading


SEPTEMBER IS CALIFORNIA WINE MONTH

  We are celebrating California’s wine month with a series of audio, video and blog posts. In the San Francisco Bay area we are surrounded by wineries and vineyards from Sonoma, Napa, Livermore to the wineries of Santa Clara county. Santa Clara Valley is home to the oldest wine growing region in California. Tucked away in Silicon… Continue Reading


Santa Clara Wine Trail

WINERIES OF SANTA CLARA VALLEY

Santa Clara county is not only home to many Silicon Valley companies, but is also home to some of the oldest vineyards in California. Some of the vineyards in Santa Clara Valley are over 100 years old. Surprised? So was I when I discovered the Santa Clara Wine trail, which is literally a few miles south… Continue Reading


VIDEO: FOOD & WINE STARTUPS – KITE HILL, THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS & TAVA INDIAN KITCHEN

  These are interesting times in the San Francisco Bay area when it comes to food and technology innovations. We spoke to 3 different entrepreneurs from the food and wine industry to find out about their journey. In this video we bring you highlights of our interviews with Mathew Sade of Kite Hill, who shares… Continue Reading


Chef Tong William at Memories of China in Bangalore

December Special: Food and Wine in Silicon Valley and Bangalore

December is the season to celebrate and we are doing just that with a series of interviews on food and wine in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. We are talking California wines and Chinese food in India. Now, that is a combination to think about. Santa Clara county is home to many of Silicon Valley hi-tech… Continue Reading


The Kamla Show - Lisa Newman & Tony Misch

TWO NEW CONVERSATIONS ON SILICON VALLEY – LISA NEWMAN & TONY MISCH

Once upon a time Silicon Valley was  known as The Valley of Heart’s Delight and famous for its orchards and fruit trees and for having one of the earliest wineries in California. It  was also know for having one of the oldest observatories in Western USA. The Lick Observatory was built towards the close of… Continue Reading


NAPA FILM FESTIVAL NOV 9 -13, 2016

Like films, food and wine? Then the 6th Annual Napa Film Festival (NVFF) is the place to be from November 9-13, 2016. For 5 days you get to see feature films, shorts and documentaries and listen to panel discussions on food. And a big bonus of attendig a film festival in the  wine country means you… Continue Reading


VIDEO: TOM & SANDY MOLLER OF SATORI CELLARS

Meet Tom and Sandy Moller of Satori Cellars of Santa Clara Wineries. Tom is a techie-turned-winemaker, while Sandy is a yoga teacher and winemaker. The Mollers started Satori Cellars over 10 years ago and have gone on to win awards for their wines. We spoke to them to find out how they got started with… Continue Reading


Master Sommelier Richard Dean of San Francisco’s Taj Campton Place

We sat down to talk with Master Sommelier Richard Dean of San Francisco’s Taj Campton Place. There are less than 240 Master Sommeliers in the world.  He was the youngest in the world  and the second American to become a Master Sommelier in the world. He became a Master Sommelier about 40 years ago when California was not… Continue Reading


FreshMenu Box

LIVING AN ON-DEMAND LIFE IN BANGALORE WITH FRESHMENU

I was craving for some Mexican food from San Jose’s La Victoria Taqueira in Bangalore after seeing all those Superbowl 50  tweets about salsa and burritos. If only there was a local taqueria from where I could order a veggie burrito and get some nachos with some guac it would be wonderful I thought. While… Continue Reading


VIDEO: THEODORA LEE OF THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS

Theodora Lee is a trial lawyer and a winemaker and owner of Theopolis Vineyards in Mendocino County in Northern California. Lee first discovered Northern California’s wine country when she was a young associate at Littler Mendelson law firm. She waited almost 20 years before she was able to buy 20 acres of land in the wine… Continue Reading


VIDEO: SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMERFEST 2015 WITH BRUCE LABADIE

It was 26 years ago that the San Jose jazz festival began and today it has morphed into a 3-day festival. This year’s San Jose Jazz Summerfest (Aug 7-9, 2015) will feature over 100 performers spread across 12 stages spread across 12 blocks in downtown San Jose. It is not just jazz that you get… Continue Reading


Hokkaido Scallops, Allspice

FOOD: ALL SPICE ON NOB HILL IN SAN FRANCISCO

All Spice is an elegant restaurant located in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco. The brainchild of Chef Sachin Chopra and his wife Shoshana Wolff, it is not your everyday Indian restaurant as its name might lead you to believe, but one that serves New American Exotica – and, believe me, there comes a surprise with every… Continue Reading


VIDEO: BRIAN BOWE ON GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL JULY 24-26, 2015

  Garlic. The smell of stinking rose will tickle your nose as you travel south on Highlway 101 from San Jose to Gilroy. Located about 25 kilometers from San Jose, Gilroy is often described as the “Garlic Capital of the World.” And it comes as a surprise to many people when they discover that Gilroy is… Continue Reading


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PODCAST: ASIF KAPADIA ON HIS OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY “AMY”

Who was Amy Winehouse? Yes, we all know she was a talented and a 6-time Grammy winning British musician, who died tragically at the age of 27. But, who was the real Amy Wineshouse? How did she die and how did this happen in this day and age in London? These were some of the questions… Continue Reading


VIDEO: THEODORA LEE OF THEOPOLIS VINEYARDS

Theodora Lee is a lawyer & owner of Theopolis Vineyards located in Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino county.  Mendocino county is located right next to Sonoma, and is famous for its stunning coastline, food and wine. While  Napa and Sonoma are famous for their vineyards, neighoring county’s Anderson Valley in Mendocino has its own share of vineyards. Theodora… Continue Reading


BIteSV

BITESV: FOOD & TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE IN SILICON VALLEY

The first BiteSV food and technology conference brings together chefs, winemakers and technologists under one roof from June 4-7, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Chef José Andrés, Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Food, Chef Michael Chiarello, and Dr. Robert Fraley, executive vice president of Monsanto are some of the speakers at the event. Roi Choi, Charlie Ayers, Mei Lin, Michale… Continue Reading


Mikey McCleary

PODCAST: MIKEY McCLEARY ON CREATING MUSIC FOR BOLLYWOOD

Meet Mikey McCleary, musician, composer and music producer.He has been kept busy creating music for Bollywood films and Indian advertisements, and lately he has branched out to score music for Indian-American filmmaker Shonali Bose’s “Margarita With A Straw” If his name is unfamiliar, his music must certainly be familiar to most of us. You might… Continue Reading


Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola Interview

San Francisco bay area has a rich history of filmmaking. The tradition goes all the way to the early 20thc when Niles Canyon near Fremont was home to the Silent Film Industry. Many silent films were produced in the studios of Niles Canyon. Fast forward to the late 1960s when Francis Ford Coppolo  and George… Continue Reading


Video: Sycamore Creek Vineyards in Santa Clara Valley

When you think of wine in California then the two places that instantly come to mind are Napa and Sonoma located north of San Francisco. Instead, if you drove down south of San Francisco into Silicon Valley area and a little beyond into the towns of Gilroy and Morgan Hill you will discover a wonderful wine trail of family-owned… Continue Reading


Gilroy Garlic Festival 2014

I just got back from the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival. Today is the first day, and apparently the best time to visit if you want to beat the huge crowd. For years I vicariously read about the garlic festival, but never gathered the courage to venture down down to Gilroy, the garlic capital of the… Continue Reading


Video – Master Sommelier Richard Dean of Taj Campton Place in San Francisco

Master Sommelier Richard Dean of Taj Campton Place in San Francisco is a gracious and generous host, who shares his deep knowledge of wines in this interview. There are less than 140 Master Sommeliers in the US, and Dean was the second person to became one, and also the youngest. He grew up in the… Continue Reading