Stark Insider Wine Country Blooper Reel

Clint loves getting these out. Loni not so much. But it's all in good fun!

Karl Wente on winemaking, music and life in Livermore (Video)

A visit to Wente in Livermore. Watch the video!

How to pour wine in a tasting room (Video)

Loni tries her hand at pouring wine at the Bent Creek Winery tasting room in Livermore, California.

Chardonnay, battonage demo at Wente Vineyards with Karl Wente (Video)

Karl Wente, fifth generation Wente and winemaker, was our Bottle-Shock-friendly guide, with a special guest appearance by his two dogs, Samantha Lyn and William Edward III
Wente Vineyards Planter Box

Container gardening inspirations from Murrieta’s Well Winery

Ideas and inspirations for your container gardens that I discovered this morning at the to entrance to Murrieta's Well winery in Livermore.

2006 Tenuta Vineyards Chardonnay, Livermore Valley $18 (88 pts.)

88 Tenuta Vineyards Chardonnay, Livermore Valley 2006. A great wine. Clean, refreshing Chardonnay with a nice balance of lemon and just enough oak to give it that classic California taste. Some citrus such as lemon keeps things fresh and prevent this Chardonnay from becoming a creamy behemoth. Highly enjoyable....

Tenuta Vineyards 2006 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley: A great wine from a unique winery

We weren't completely surprised by this Chardonnay from Tenuta. Just weeks earlier we had enjoyed some of it, along with several other wines and some barrel tasting, up at the vineyard in Livermore Valley. The winery is run by founder Nancy Tenuta along with Rich Rollins, who Loni interviewed...

Week in review: Clam bake, cocktail heaven and Tenuta barrel tasting

Okay things are really heating up! Guest blogs posts continue to come in, and not only are they entertaining and informative, but also well written with superb pictures. Nice job everyone. You can submit a post to this site using email. Just send it to The topic can be...

2008 California grape production numbers released, yield down 6 percent

I've been hearing all about a reduced yield in the 2008 growing season for California vineyards for quite some time now. Up in Napa we heard it many times, and also in places like Livermore. The refrain was typical: excellent year, smaller quantity.The officially released numbers appear to substantiate...