THE STORY OF FARMHOUSE

  • Beer in Sonoma County

    June 01, 2019

    I have to say, one of the best things about living in Sonoma County is that you never run out of fun or interesting things to do. Here at Farmhouse, we pride ourselves on staying on top of all the best activities for our guests and this takes a lot a lot of field trips (oh poor us, it’s grueling)! ... Read more

  • Summer Beginnings

    May 09, 2019

    I’m sitting in my office, at Farmhouse, looking out the window at the rose bushes, already approaching full bloom and the fruit trees, all covered in blossoms. The butterflies are beginning to arrive. It’s April 24th, but it’s been in the high 80’s for 3 days, and today is shaping up to be a similarly gorgeous day. ... Read more

  • Hiking in Wine Country

    April 24, 2019

    Every day I get to meet amazing people from all over the world here at Farmhouse and they always say to me “I wish I got to live the life you live.” I always reply, “I don't think you really do; I don't live the life you think I do!” I'm a busy guy, and when I have any free time, I'm not often found tasting wine or visiting the hottest new restaurants in the area. ... Read more

  • Spring is Near

    March 15, 2019

    Even though I live in Northern California, and by all accounts we have mild winters, every year right around now I start to go a little stir crazy. I know Spring is on the horizon, but this year it's been especially wet, grey and rainy, I feel like winter is never going to end. ... Read more

  • Season of Love

    February 01, 2019

    Wow, can it really be February 1st? The first day of one of my favorite months of the year! And to wake up to a Google Alert telling me that Travel + Leisure just ranked us #20 in their Top 50 Romantic Hotels in the World. ... Read more

  • Gratitude

    January 02, 2019

    I don’t know.  I guess I just feel compelled to offer a public and incredibly heartfelt “thank you”. In talking with guests, friends, whomever… I always say that Farmhouse is, first and foremost, a labor of love for me. It’s my baby, my extended family and truly a pride and joy. Every single bit of it.... Read more

  • Farmhouse Family Holiday

    December 01, 2018

    People are forever asking me, how and why did we purchase Farmhouse anyway?  I mean a sister/brother team, purchasing a run-down Bed and Breakfast?  Whaaat was up with that.  I know, we sometimes ask ourselves the same thing.  But the answer is always the same. ... Read more

  • Turkey Time

    October 30, 2018

    It’s funny when you think about holiday menus, every family has those family recipes and traditions that really define that holiday - often culturally or locally influenced. For my family, a few include cracked Dungeness crab on Christmas Eve and gnocchi with my great-grandmothers bolognese on Thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Autumn in Sonoma

    October 15, 2018

    Autumn has arrived in Sonoma County. The grapes are almost entirely harvested, and the vines are beginning their winter dormancy. Their leaves are turning rich yellow and red and starting to fall. The forest trees that surround my home ranch are starting to show signs that autumn has arrived for them as well.... Read more

  • The Gentlewoman Farmer

    October 02, 2018

    Over the years, many times by many people, I have been called a “Gentleman Farmer”. To be honest, I don’t like that name. To me, it sounds like something rich people do - hiring other people to do the work - and that’s just not my style.... Read more

  • The Story of Lost & Found Wine

    September 10, 2018

    August has got to be the craziest month of the year for me. I say that about May, too. And December…But really, a lot happens in August – my kids go back to school which brings on a million school-related activities, both the boards I’m on come back in session after a summer sabbatical, it’s one of the busiest travel months of the year at Farmhouse, and, if not enough, the grape harvest looms on the horizon. Usually for pinot noir still wines we would be harvesting already, but an unusually cool stretch this August has slowed things down giving the fruit a little bit more hang time and, hopefully, a little bit more flavor profile (and me a moment of much-needed breathing room to finally finish my August blog!). Our world here in the Russian River Valley revolves around the seasons of the vineyard and currently, harvest dominates our thoughts. With that in mind, I thought it’s appropriate to talk a little about our winery, Lost & Found.... Read more

  • Russian River Summer

    August 01, 2018

    Everyone knows Sonoma as a great place for amazing food and wine but I don't think many people realize what a phenomenal year-round outdoor paradise it is, too. From miles and miles of rugged coastline to ancient redwood forests to some of the best road biking in the US, there's just an endless number of outdoorsy things to do to keep you busy. And with a super mild year-round climate, no time is a bad time to explore the county. ... Read more

  • 4H and the Bartolomeis

    June 07, 2018

    Farming has been in our blood for Generations. We've been farming the Family Vineyards for over a hundred years but it's been a few generations since we did anything more than grow grape.... Read more

  • Joe's Chickens

    May 04, 2018

    For years, my wife and kids and I have maintained an egg-laying flock of hens at Bartolomei Farms, our home ranch located just a few miles down the road.  These girls are fed all the scraps from the restaurant and our gardens and in return provide beautiful golden-yolked eggs for our breakfast program.  ... Read more

  • The Story of Farmhouse

    April 30, 2018

    Catherine and I purchased Farmhouse back in 2001, 17 seasons ago - it's been an evolution, it's been a process, it's quite frankly been a roller coaster ride. The number one question we get asked about, and something that we've told a million, times is our story, the story of Farmhouse.... Read more

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