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“The Hundred Foot Journey” is a must-see film for fans of Helen Mirren, food, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon, Manish Dayal, Indian music, France, Indian food, romance, French food, triumph over tragedy – just about anything,
It’s a film about food and love, love of food, food love, the romance of food, food as romance, food’s attractions – both substantive and visual, shared love of food, food as bond, and food lust, all resulting in blending of food and food families. Got the picture?
You will learn something about making both Indian and French dishes, blending spices and cuisines, as well as Helen Mirren’s ability to blend cultures, languages and accents into one fiercely dominating restaurant owner who is softened by food and romance.
Laugh and cry and appreciate the expert and accurate job that set designer David Gropman, brother of Cafe LaHaye owner Saul Gropman, created to design and construct such authentic period decor throughout the movie. This time, Gropman should win the Academy Award.
The late Robin Williams had many ties to Sonoma and lived here in the Mayacamas for a while with his kids in local schools. Several Sonoma residents posted photos of themselves with Robin Williams on Facebook, and it was easy to run into him, even at 7-Eleven. A.J. Riebli became friends at age 15 with Williams when the latter rented movies at Joan Riebli’s Movie Merchants. Sharon Somogyi knew Williams well as a frequent customer and friend at La Casa restaurant, and Celeste Winders caught a photo with him when they were bonding somewhere in the Valley. Just a brilliant “regular” guy.
Sonomans Margarita Ramirez and husband Rev. Peadar Dalton organized and performed Williams’ third and final marriage to Susan Schneider at Meadowood in 2011. Ramirez said via email that people at the wedding “could not say enough about his compassion for others …” Williams was previously married to Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces Williams.
Ironically, Rev. Dalton wore the same stole that Robin and Susan gave him to wear at their marriage to perform the wedding last Saturday of Len Handeland and Byron Hancock.
According to forbes.com, Robin Williams listed his vineyard and villa on Wall Road in the Maycamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma for sale in April 2014 for $29.9 million. Apparently Williams designed the house himself and included 20,000 square feet, tennis courts, wine cellar, horse and hiking trails and 18.4 acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot vineyards, with most grapes sold to Robert Craig and Rombauer.
Sam Sebastiani, “Old World Winemaker,” has returned to winemaking and Sonoma in triumph with his La Chertosa brand wines. He named his brand La Chertosa after a 14th-century Renaissance monastery in Farneta, Italy, where he says the Sebastiani ancestral roots began and where his grandfather, Samuele Sebastiani, learned to make wine in the “Old World” style. Hence, “old world winemaker” Sam.
Sam says he makes and ages his chardonnay and sangiovese wine in caves at Kunde, and stores the zinfandel at Napa Barrel Care.
At the 2014 California State Fair, Sam won “Double Gold – Best Micro Red Award and best of Class Region for his 2012 La Chertosa reserve Amador County Zinfandel, and his 2012 La Chertosa Sonoma Valley Chardonnay won Best of Class Region. The same zin won a gold from the 2014 Critics Challenge, and a 90 at the San Diego International wine competition, and a gold at the 2014 Denver International wine competition. More locally, his 2012 Sonoma Valley Sangiovese won gold at the 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge.