California History Center

California History Center

A Taste of History

Join us for our 6th annual Taste of History to benefit the California History Center
taste of historyDate: Oct. 29, 2016
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC)
Cost: $50 
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On Oct. 12, 2005, a massive fire in Vallejo severely damaged the Wines Central warehouse and destroyed its contents -- 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wines worth more than $250 million, the largest loss of wine in modern history. Among the wines incinerated that day was an 1875 vintage created by banker and philanthropist Isaias Hellman. Award-winning author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel, Hellman's great-great-granddaughter, weaves together this complex tale in her latest book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. Dinkelspiel details the history of California's wine industry, from brutality and contested land in the 19th century to gluttony, rancor and retribution in the 21st. This year's Taste of History includes: 
  • A presentation by Frances Dinkelspiel on Tangled Vines
  • Viewing of the Euphrat Museum of Art's 2016-17 opening exhibit featuring work by De Anza and Foothill College faculty and staff



View Photos from Past Years 

Mayors of Cupertino reunion group photo

De Anza Commission co-chair Orrin Mahoney, who served as Cupertino mayor in 2009 and 2013, was joined by 10 other former Cupertino mayors for a special A Taste of History gathering in 2013 to honor Cupertino's mayors.

Make a Donation

Would you like to make a donation for this program? Go to Give Now and include California History Center in the Program Other field on the donation form.

Sunken Garden Renovation

The Sunken Garden Renovation project is complete! If you have not seen it, please stop by to step into this historic center of our De Anza landscape.


Check out the Historic Review Committee site plan presentation (PDF 20 MB) for a review of how the Sunken Garden was designed to reflect it's original purpose. Slides include concept drawings and photographs of updated fixtures and native plants planned for the garden.

California History Center
Building: CHC
Contact: Tom Izu
Phone: 408.864.8986

Last Updated: 10/4/16