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RUSSIAN RIVER EXPERIENCE AND SONOMA SOMMELIER CHALLENGE

By Catherine Bartolomei on April 18, 2016


Sommelier Challenge:

Wine Country’s coolest new event is right around the corner, and tickets are super-limited.  So don’t miss out!

Master Sommelier, Geoff Kruth (You’ve seen Somm and Uncorked, right?) has chosen his top three Somms from Northern California to compete to pair the tastiest Russian River Valley wines with courses prepared by 5 of Sonoma County’s hottest chefs.  Then you get to judge who nailed the pairing.  What could be more fun?  Oh, and it’s happening at Sonoma Cutrer.  So gorgeous to boot!

And only 150 tickets available. 

$195/pp- don’t miss it!

Tickets on sale now - click here

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Topics: events, winery, dining, Russian River Valley, wine tasting, sommelier

FARMHOUSE INN WITH HOLIDAY FOOD AND WINE FAVORITES

By Meghan Smith on October 25, 2014


We freely admit it; we’re spoiled here at Farmhouse Inn. Living in Sonoma County we have immediate access to some of the finest food and wine in the world; so imperative as we head into the holiday season. If you’re hosting family and friends this season than you know how important the food and beverage menus are. A little more bragging about how great the food in wine country is (we promise we’ll stop soon): Just this week the 2015 Michelin Guide was released – for those who don’t know, the Michelin Guide was established in France and is a 3 star system of rating Restaurants, and is considered by many to be the most reliable restaurant ranking system in existence. As of 2015, Michelin rates only 3 areas within the U.S.: NYC, Chicago and San Francisco / Wine Country. In addition to world-class food, Napa and Sonoma are the gateway to international award winning wines from the U.S. Okay, we’re done bragging now. You don’t have to live in wine country in order to enjoy the best of the food and wine world. Here is what we’re eating and drinking this holiday season:

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Holidays, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, dining

FARMHOUSE INN EXPLORES INFLUENCES ON OUR WINE AND FOOD CULTURE

By Meghan Smith on August 02, 2014

Food and wine are our two favorite subjects … as you may have noticed if you follow this blog or are a fan of our Facebook page.  Located in the middle of the Russian River Valley, the Farmhouse Inn is in the heart of a culinary and viticulture epicenter. Every week we share our newest food and wine findings with our fans, but this week we'll reflect on the changes in food and wine culture through the influence of the media. (We're impressed with our thoughtfulness too.)

Movies and films have had an enormous impact on our local industry, and social media and magazines continue to reflect these changes. Everything from “Sideways” and “Top Chef” to Bon Appétit magazine and Instagram are changing the way we think and talk about food and wine. Three examples of the media’s influence are shifts in wine preferences, the increasing popularity of the local food movement and the way we make travel decisions.

 

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Topics: Sonoma, Pinot Noir, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, dining, California, Russian River Valley, travel

Sonoma Secrets - New Discoveries in the Farmhouse Inn Backyard

By Meghan Smith on July 26, 2014

Living in wine country is never boring- we always find something to do, no matter the time of year or day of week. As we continue to explore our own backyard, it is a pleasure to share our newest discoveries with the Farmhouse Inn fans. Recent outings have taken us from Sebastopol’s Barlow over to Santa Rosa’s newest farm-to-table restaurant and up to Geyserville’s hidden gem, Garden Creek Vineyards.

 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, gardens, Farmhouse Inn, the Barlow, winery, dining, wine tasting

FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGE REVIEW: NAPA'S THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD

By Meghan Smith on June 07, 2014

 

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Topics: wine country, concierge, Sonoma County, Michelin Star, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, Meadowood, Napa, dining

NAPA AND SONOMA RESTAURANTS: FARMHOUSE INN FAVORITES

By Meghan Smith on April 26, 2014


The number one question our concierges receive is how far the Farmhouse Inn is from San Francisco Airport (about 1.5 to 2 hours in case you’re wondering). The second most asked question is “Where is the best restaurant?” That depends but a good place to start is by asking the Farmhouse concierge team where we go when we are hungry. Keep in mind that Wine Country is one of the best places to go if you’d like to indulge your culinary curiosity. With multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, 2 of which have 3 stars, Napa and Sonoma County are packed with dining choices for all palates and budgets. With so many choices it can be a little overwhelming so we decided to distill it down to where our concierges go most often. We’ll break it into 3 categories- best local hidden gems, best special occasion restaurants and bucket list eateries. Just be sure you check with the concierge before booking- there are some strong but varied opinions when it comes to the best restaurants.

 

Local favorite spots are often the hardest to find when traveling because quite frankly, the locals hesitate to share their neighborhood gems with visitors.

These favorite local spots are often the best, so its a good idea to ask your concierge or any local where they’d go for dinner. At the top of the list is Willi’s Wine Bar. Willi’s is located in an old roadhouse across the street from soccer and baseball fields- you’d never find it unless you knew it was there. Willi’s menu focuses on tapas (small plates)and has an international influence. Their back patio is a favorite hangout for Sonoma locals during the summer and their wine flights are excellent. Best part- they have a large bar seating section and they offer the full menu there.

Another local spot is hard to find also due to its almost hidden entrance. SCOPA is an Italian eatery in Healdsburg and the only way to find it for the first time is to look for the large Barbershop sign painted above the entrance. With very few tables, a small bar and its mass popularity with locals it is often difficult to acquire a reservation. SCOPA’s menu is packed with such delicious offerings that you’re sure to walk away wanting to come back the next night. If you booked your vacation at the last minute and SCOPA is full we recommend trying their sister restaurant Campo Fina.

 

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Restaurants, Napa, French Laundry, dining

Wine country reviews...Farmhouse food and wine!

By Meilani N on September 23, 2011

This has been a crazy week...first we had a big lifestyle article about Catherine & Joe (the brother and sister team that own the Farmhouse Inn) come out in Better Homes and Gardens ("Innkeepers Recreate Their Wine Country Childhood" -page 50).  And then on Sunday Jeff Cox of the local Press Democrat reviewed the Farmhouse restaurant  (called it an "exquisite experience").  Monday night Catherine and Joe went with the chefs to the Zagat release party and out dinner to celebrate the Zagat reviews (27 for food and tops for service- Yeah!).  And yesterday Joe came in waving the new Sunset magazine issue with the Best of the West hotel awards and there we are...again!  (Specifically mentioned for best for Food & Drink.)

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Michelin Star, Tripadvisor, Jeff Cox, Zagat, Farmhouse Inn, dining, California

Wine Country Celebrates the Holidays- Memories created by Farmhouse

By Catherine Bartolomei on December 21, 2010

    We like celebrating as much as you do. And luckily, this time of year there's a lot to celebrate. Christmas and New Year's are obvious choices. But, the whole holiday season is a spectacular time for a romantic get away to Sonoma wine country!  And, we'd love to make merry with you -   
so, here's a list of merry times to be had at the Farmhouse.    We hope to see you here.
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Topics: Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Holidays, Farmhouse Gift Certificates, Sonoma Wine Country Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, holiday gift, dining, Romantic getaway

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