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Study reveals more health benefits to drinking wine

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Researchers have discovered something you may be very happy to hear about: drinking wine may have have positive impacts on your health. Previous studies has indicated that wine could reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Now there's more to add to the story. From Wine Spectator: "A number of studies already found that diabetes risk was lower among...

Latest Videos on Stark Insider: Ziplining, a short doc, EdgeWalk CN Tower, Iceland, Pebble Beach

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Plus some thoughts on the State of YouTube and streaming platforms.

Stark Insider Interview: Chef Graham Elliot at Pebble Beach Food & Wine X (Video)

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In this Stark Insider video Loni Stark heads to Pebble Beach Food & Wine to interview Food Network Chef Graham Elliot. "I always loved, 'the weirder the better.'" Chef Graham Elliot walks the talk. During an entertaining demo at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, Elliot had the audience in the palm of his hands. It didn't hurt that Billy...

Two green thumbs up for Northern Ireland’s Flower Power!

Northern Ireland boasts one of the best gardening climates in the world producing some of the most spectacular gardens in Europe. International travel writer Janice Nieder takes a tour and shares the breathtaking experience.

Stark Insider On Location: Aurora Borealis timelapse with Loni Stark (Video)

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Short clip featuring the Northern Lights in Iceland. Plus, thoughts on being an ill-prepared garbage collector.

Close Glacial Encounters of the Third Kind in Mat-Su Valley

Glacier Hopping by small plane, helicopter and foot.

An interview with Danielle de Niese, “opera’s coolest soprano”

Danielle de Niese - Interview Festival Napa Valley

Her life as a superstar soprano keeps her traveling around the globe. I had a chance to catch up with Danielle in advance of her opening night appearance at Festival Napa Valley.

In Wine Country: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ with live orchestra at Gundlach Bundschu Winery

City Lights, subtitled A Comedy Romance in Pantomime, is generally viewed as Charlie Chaplin’s finest film

Sonoma County Philharmonic to perform the original orchestral score, composed by Chaplin himself, in an outdoor evening screening.

Edge Walk CN Tower: Take a walk on the wild side (Video)


It's called the Edge Walk. But it might as well be called The Scariest Thing You'll Ever Do In Your Life Walk. Despite our best efforts to maintain a calm demeanor and Instagram-ready smiles, I will admit this: walking on the edge of the CN Tower, some 1,100 feet above the ground was officially the most terrifying, most thrilling, most memorable...

Missouri’s Big Cedar Lodge: Rustic Elegance in a Wilderness Wonderland

A mere 10 miles from touristy Branson, Missouri brings you to a distinctly different getaway…the roughhewn, upscale Big Cedar Lodge, tucked inside a remote 4,600-acre Shangri-la, developed by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. What began as a modest fishing camp has morphed into a wilderness resort that features beautifully appointed accommodations ranging from private log cabins hidden amongst...