About Me


Our new 2014 Chardonnay label of me by friend and famed artist Dennis Ziemienski
Our new to-be 2016 white blend, wine label (of me) painted by friend and famed artist Dennis Ziemienski

I quit NASA after 10 years in public service, took about a 92% pay cut and embarked on new life as a “Cellar Rat” making wine. Committing myself whole hog to a healthier, seasonal, fully artistic life in Sonoma Valley.  That was October 2007. True love brought me “home” to cooking in 2008 when I met Dean. And fell head over heels all over again — for him in Love. For Food. And Food Writing. Food History. And Cheese. Wine has always been my mistress.

We cook every night … as candidly no one wants us dining out right now with two wee tykes.  I profess that a classically trained chef, I am not.  Rather, I am a kitchen cook.  A food lover cooking earnestly in our old Victorian farmhouse at Annadel Estate Winery here in Sonoma.  We literally live “Between Wars.” Our walls are horse-hair and plaster and my 1941 Occidental Automatic stove — which we found in the Carriage House — we just modernized to a 6 burner, 2 stove Wolf Range.

Sonoma Valley — really, the whole County —  is a return to basics.  A giant step away from gridlock and desks and clocked-in and clocked-out days.  A blue-skies return to the clean rhythms of seasons and harvests in grapes, vegetables, olives and food stuffs.  Eating as close to the source is a way of life in Sonoma.  For me and our little family, good food, art, and real wine proof of Love. For each other. Our Family. And Friends.

I hope you find warmth and joy in the recipes and my words.  I don’t always get to post properly here so if you’re on Facebook (Abi’s Farmhouse Kitchen) or Instagram (@abisfarmhousekitchen) follow me there for daily foodie fun and recipes.

Happy Cooking, Eating, & Sipping!

Abigail Zimmerman Bordigioni

Sipping our Rosé next to our Vineyards here at Annadel Estate.
Sipping our Rosé next to our Vineyards here at Annadel Estate.


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