Indian-American wine steward turned vino maker who launched his own wineries along the Central Coast of California and in Oregon. Some of the brands from his vineyards include Lompoc, Domaine de la Cote and Evening Land.
He had never tasted wine until the age of 20.
His book Secrets of the Sommeliers won the 2011 James Beard Cookbook Award.
He was very close to his cousin growing up.
He was once in charge of the wine program for the Michael Mina restaurant group.