The Sonoma Artist That Everyone Knows: Bradford Brenner (Video)

Art is a bridge. In this Stark Insider video, The Art of Bradford Brenner, Loni Stark heads to Healdsburg, California to discover the art of an impressionist painter everyone is talking about. Bradford Brenner. Chances are if you live in Healdsburg you know the name. Very well. I first met the...
The Groove is Not Trivial - Mill Valley Film Festival

5 MVFF films with a connection to wine country

Being a fan of wine country, and all the interesting personalities that call the place home (and work), every year I like to skim the catalog and see if any films are about wine itself, are shot on location in the area, or have a filmmaker connection.

Coffee Lane: A Peanuts tribute by Clint & Loni Stark (Video)

"Studies show it's important to stay young at heart." What better way to exercise that theory than to pay homage to the most famous -- and cutest -- football joke of all time. Will sneaky Lucy ever hold the football for poor Charlie Brown? As some of our Stark Insider readers...
Loni Stark - Sonoma Wine Country Weekendvideo

Stark Insider Hit List: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is almost here. And that can only mean one thing: it's time to whip out a wine glass (or two), head up/over/down/across to Sonoma County, and enjoy the dog days of summer in some of the most gorgeous surroundings you can imagine. SWCW features all sorts of...

Coppola’s classic movie wine labels – kitsch or cool?

Coppola Winery revealed three new wine labels today. Granted, not especially remarkable news. This happens all the time. Wineries partner with an artist and produce something intriguing, something artful and colorful designed to grab our attention. But what made this email stand-out from the pack is that the labels feature...
State of the Wine Industry Report 2016

Trendspotting: Wine consumption to decline after decades of growth (Report)

Silicon Valley Bank predicts per capita wine consumption will fall in 2016 in part due to Millennials who often chose craft spirits or beer over wine.
Best Wine - Google Trends results

Trendspotting: “Best Wine” top Google search term in wine category

Forget about skunk juice. When it comes to wine, consumers only want to know about the best.
Wine Marketing Case Studies

Wine Marketing in Action: Picasso vs. the Elixir of the Gods

In one corner: Picasso. In the other: wine impresario Jean-Charles Boisset. A wine marketing cage match is born. Most sales collateral is repetitive, non-imaginative, and quite forgettable. But, occasionally, I receive a piece in the mail that captures my attention. It's at these moments, I pour a Sonoma Chard, shutdown Chrome, and...
Top 5: Best Wine Gifts

Top 5: Most interesting wine picks for the holidays

Whether you want to serve, or gift, an interesting wine this holiday season we have five staff favorites that you may want to consider. These are all from California -- being based in San Francisco, Stark Insider specializes in covering that region, especially regions such as Napa, Sonoma, Livermore and the Central...
Uncorked Television Show - Esquire Network

Wine as Entertainment: Can wine and TV succeed? (‘Uncorked’ preview)

Above: Esquire Network's new original series, 'Uncorked'. From Left to Right- Morgan Harris, Dana Gaiser,Josh Nadel, Jack Mason, Jane Lopes, Yannick Benjamin. UPDATE 12.13.2015: Apparently the final word about 'Uncorked' is in. Uncorked is the show's name. And six sommeliers in the ultimate quest is its game. The reality series is set to air...