Today we're looking at Gourmesso -- Nespresso compatible coffee capsules that come in at about half the cost. Nespresso pods range in price from $.70 to $.75 each (USD). Gourmesso pods cost about $.50 each. That's about 33% in savings. If you're like me and enjoy a few espresso-based drinks each morning, that...

Wine is as popular as ever in the United States. But consumption here pales in comparison to the world's leading wine consuming nation: China. According to UK-based IWSR, wine consumption in China increased 36% between 2010 and 2014. That amounts to just under 12% constant annual growth rate. Canada, the second fastest growing, trailed...

"At this point in time, we are seeing another year with great quality potential in Napa Valley vineyards." -- Ludovic Dervin, winemaker for Mumm Napa Valley.
Randall Grahm - Popelouchum – The Project

Popelouchum is its name. 400 acres is its game. An innovative wine crowdfunding project is launched in Northern California.
Manresa Review - Los Gatos

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area spoils us to no end. Case in point: the staggering amount of choice when it comes to dining out. San Francisco has the highest density of restaurants of any city and readers of Saveur magazine have pegged San Francisco as their top culinary...
Festival del Sole - Taste of Napa videovideo

Watch video highlights of Taste of Napa, shot at the Copia Center during Festival del Sole. Yes, I managed to find some incredible Hamachi!
Impact of Millennials on the wine industry

Wine is just a normal, everyday sort of thing for the young, digital generation.
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Every now and then around here we rub our tummies, pop open some Visine and get sentimental. In just 5 months we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of this web site, Stark Insider. I never really expected us to last this long, though I did work for a Japanese tech company...
Wente Chardonnay Wine Review

Chardonnay and California's Livermore AVA go hand in hand. Here's a look at three picks from Wente Vineyards. Plus, a wee bit of Stark Insider reminiscing.
2004 Blankiet Estate Napa Valley Cabernet

Wine Spectator magazine has announced it has promoted eight restaurants to "Grand Award" status -- as it notes today in a post, "the highest recognition for a restaurant wine list." The Bay Area is well represented (and, to be somewhat biased, it could ultimately take all eight slots, no?!), and...