2007 Murrieta’s Well Meritage, Livermore Valley (88 pts, $19.99)

A decent red wine with an easy-going, laid back disposition, kind of like an acoustic guitar on a relaxed, spring day in the valley.
2007 Concannon Reserve Captain Joe's Petite Sirah (Livermore)

Insta-Zombie: Concannon Petite Sirah packs flavor, ink

I kind of like the fact that it scares away mere mortals... those who can be found skulking in the corners, drinking Sauvignon Blanc and talking about flowers.
Barrel Room Concannon Vineyar, Livermore

Godfather, can Petite Sirah become the next Pinot Noir?

I half-expected FBI agents to swarm the place. Although, befitting the rolling hills and expansive, country terrain, I'd bet they'd roll up in Ford pick-ups, not 1941 Master Deluxe Two-Door Sedans.
PS I Love You Petite Sirah Symposium Concannon Vineyards

PS – I Love You

Then Mr. Concannon said, "I just love all Canadians." We talked hockey, the history of Concannon, his new wine bar (hey, he's the ultimate sales guy at heart no?).
Livermore Valley, Taste of Terroir

Livermore Valley’s Taste of Terroir set for July 22

Top wine critics Leslie Sbrocco, Jessica Yadegaran and W. Blake Gray will judge food and wine pairings at “Taste of Terroir,” Livermore Valley’s Wine & Food Experience on July 22. The panel of distinguished judges will sample pairings presented by 16 of the region’s wineries and their restaurant partners...

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards Wins Diablo Food Award

Bay Area food lovers and Diablo Magazine judges have once again honored The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards with a Diablo Food Award, in recognition of its local, sustainable wine country fare. The award distinguishes the Livermore Valley restaurant as one of the top dining experiences in the East Bay...

Fall show preview #2: WineTube TV

Ah, yes, wine country. As host of Stark Insider, Loni, would say, "the people, the places, the vines." I'm not sure what that means exactly, but it sounds like fun.Stark Insider has been covering wine for about two years. We then launched WineTube TV in early 2009. Our goal is...

Karl Wente’s ultimate California wine country bachelor pad (Video)

Karl Wente gives Loni a tour of his bachelor pad in Livermore, California. Art. Woodworking projects. Guitar and Riesling! Stark Insider shot live on location in Napa, Sonoma, Livermore and other West Coast wine country destinations. Get the inside story. Enjoy wine in a laid back, informative, and fun style with...

Interview: Executive Chef Arthur Wall and Karl Wente

Step right up to part 3 of the Stark Insider visits Livermore Wente Vineyards series. In this episode, Executive Chef Arthur Wall drops in on host Loni Kao Stark and 5th generation winemaker Karl Wente over lunch at the Wente Vineyard restaurant. is Arthur's approach to menus, food and...

Sonrise Equestrian Foundation and Murrieta’s Well Winery host Wine & Esquine Festival

SONRISE EQUESTRIAN FOUNDATION AND MURRIETA’S WELL WINERY PARTNER TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL WINE & EQUINE FESTIVAL(Livermore Valley, CA, July 14)--Building public knowledge and support for the East Bay-based SonRise Foundation, Murrieta’s Well Winery hosted two of the foundation’s miniature horses at a wine release event at the historic winery...