Classical rockstar Joshua Bell kicks off opening night this Friday when he performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the spectacular Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga.

Wine Country Culture
Loni Stark

Festival del Sole. July 11-20. Mark your calendars. One of Napa’s cultural gems features another strong line-up of performers. Classical rockstar Joshua Bell headlines the opening night gala.

Wine Country
BY | 06.16.14

Matthew Crafton takes over winemaking duties at iconic Napa winery. How will the Chateau Montelena style evolve?

In Wine Country
BY | 05.28.14

New Silicon Valley Bank report “Ownership Transitions in the Wine Industry” predicts continued ownership changes for wineries in California, Oregon, Washington.

On the Town
BY | 05.28.14

On the Stark Insider radar: some interesting plays, a music and wine festival, and a gala that lights up the city with generosity each year.

Sensory Expedition: The nose knows. In this case, I found the Sequoia Grove winery, Cabernet Sauvignon "Lamoreaux Vineyard".
West Coast
BY | 04.13.14

Rumor has it that by the time Pebble Beach Food & Wine is done, there will have been over 144,000 tastes of wine. Glad that at this lunch, we were doing our part.

Featured Artist
BY | 04.06.14 VIDEO

Singer-Songwriter Colbie Caillat sits down with Stark Insider to talk about the music business, performing for President Obama. Plus, that new album…

Creative Thinkers & Doers
BY | 03.12.14 VIDEO

Wine Bible author Karen MacNeil: “Not everyone lays in bed at night thinking ‘Does it sound better to say pepper and salt, or salt and pepper?’ But that’s the kind of thing writers do. They love words. And I love words.”

Performing Arts
BY | 03.01.14 VIDEO

Video of Jeff Bridges and the Abiders performing in Napa Valley. Plus: Outtakes and scenes from the afterparty.

Dreaming Big in Napa
BY | 02.28.14 VIDEO

Here’s what a perfect day in Napa might look like. Loni Stark heads to the caves of Far Niente for a barrel tasting, and things get dreamy under the wine country sun.