Sonoma Secrets

This is a personally written blog of the amazing Russian River Valley, a personal feel of the fabric of the story of our 5th Generation Sonoma wine making family – told by the brother and sister owners of Farmhouse, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei. Through their own memories, love and commitment to the people of this land, to their families, and to the bounty of all we produce, the Bartolomeis are actively involved in taking stewardship of this great valley and keeping the Sonoma life as genuine and authentic as possible in a world in a rush for change.

Basket of vegetables and herbs

August 26, 2022

Everyone knows that Sonoma County must be one the best growing climates anywhere. With a mild climate and over 320 sunny days a year, pretty much anything you put in the ground here grows, literally. Wine grape, of course, are king, with over... Read More

spinach salad with apples and prosciutto

May 6, 2022

We’ve always said that Farmhouse Inn was first and foremost a restaurant that we built a little hotel around. Catherine and I grew up at our grandmother’s kitchen table eating great food and wine with friends and family. The act of breaking bread... Read More

Photo in Cottage Petite Suite with king size bed, fireplace, and sitting area

April 19, 2022

What an exciting winter we’ve had here at Farmhouse! The last two winters have been no fun at all, closed because of COVID with all our staff furloughed fighting to stay in business… a complete bummer.  But this winter we didn’t get shut... Read More

Chef Steve Itkie holding crab in the kitchen

February 2, 2022

Our first blog of 2022 and it’s going to be a long one and a bit of a teary one too. After almost 21 years of working together and achieving so much, we are, with mixed emotions, saying goodbye and best of luck... Read More

Joe and Catherine Bartolomei smiling on the Farmhouse Inn property


Joe & Catherine

Brother and sister owners of Farmhouse, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei were raised believing that family came first. They still own the ranch that their great grandfather purchased in 1912. When they bought Farmhouse in 2000 their goal was that every guest felt like family. To this day they are still striving to achieve that each and every day.