Wente Winery (Livermore) cheese board.

Why we love California wine country (7 reasons according to the Wine Institute)

"Blooming gardens, baby animals, farm-to-table meals and other spring pleasures beckon."

Wine of the Day: ‘The Whip’ from Murrieta’s Well Vineyard (Livemore)

I'm sure I'm not alone when I humbly suggest that some of today's most interesting wines and wine bargains come from a place called Livermore.Sure, it's not Napa or Sonoma. And that's largely the point. Livermore is inland, located about 45 minutes north of Silicon Valley (up 680 North)...
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...
Wente Chardonnay Wine Review

Looking for quality Chardonnay? Look to California’s Wente Vineyards

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.


Next time you're confronted by the wall--the wine wall--and are in the mood for something off the beaten bath (i.e. something not owned by Constellation) consider seeking out a bottle from Steven Kent Winery (SKW).

Top White Wine Picks

Need some wine help? Here's 5 recommended California white wines, plus a bonus selection from the Columbia Valley.

A salute to wine harvest 2012

Images of late night vineyard activity (much of it well past midnight), especially in Sonoma and Napa, light up my Facebook feed, and I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

The Livermore Shakespeare Festival ups the ante

"It is not the easiest task to try and make a living on what most artists are paid in this country."
Concannon Vineyard

Livermore Shakes announces 10th anniversary season

For ten years, the Festival has grown hand-in-hand with the City of Livermore, and, like Livermore, it now boasts some of the Bay Area’s finest talent—and finest wine.
Jim Concannon with his son John at their winery in Livermore.

Stark Insider TV: Celebrating 50 years of Petite Sirah with Jim Concannon

Then, John Concannon unveiled a new wine -- "Crimson and Clover" -- in honor of his Dad, and their Irish heritage. "Unfortunately, Dad, Tommy James and the Shondells could not be here tonight, to sing it over and over..." he joked.