February 25, 2024

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One Part Adobe, Two Parts Modern: Valley Bar + Bottle in Sonoma, California

“We wanted Valley to feel like the type of wine bar you stumble upon in New York or Paris,” says Lauren Feldman, who started Valley Bar + Bottle in Sonoma, California in July of 2020 with friends Tanner Walle, Emma Lipp, and Stephanie Reagor. The team is made up of two couples: Lauren and Tanner, and Emma and Stephanie, who all met previously at Scribe Winery in Sonoma, where Emma Lipp was culinary director. They found a rare location in the historic Sonoma plaza in the Lesse-Fitch Adobe, constructed by Jacob P. Leese, the son-in-law of General Vallejo, in the 1830s. Made of local redwood, fieldstone, and sand clay dug from a pit in the plaza, the adobe has previously been a home, school, hotel, saloon, and many restaurants throughout the years. “It’s rumored that the original Bear Flag of California is buried in the adobe walls,” says Lauren.

Working with designers Austin Carrier and Alex Mutter-Rottmayer of the Sonoma-based firm Hommeboys, the foursome stripped the building back to its bones, doing most of the physical construction and labor themselves. The resulting design is one part historic adobe, two parts modern: “We wanted earthiness and warmth with some levity to keep it interesting,” they say. With classic colors in unexpected pairings (mauve with red or pink walls, for example), hand-painted details, and layers upon layers of ceramics, Valley represents the new wave of food and culture in Sonoma.

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Above: The handwriting through Valley was inspired by a drawing created by Oakland-based artist David Wilson and refitted as text by graphic designer Simon Renggli. The sign and address was hand-painted by Leah Tumerman of Two Top. The green paint on the exterior trim is Kensington Green 710 by Benjamin Moore. Photograph by Annamae Photo courtesy of Valley.

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Above: Wooden peg rails are painted the same color as the wall: Sulking Room Pink No. 295 by Farrow & Ball. The wainscoting was done custom by the Hommeboys. Photograph by Conor Hagen courtesy of Valley.

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Above: “The culinary and farming traditions of Sonoma are our foundation” says Lauren. Shown here are local flowers that get spread throughout the restaurant in various handmade ceramic vases. Photograph by Annamae Photo courtesy of Valley.

Tableware at Valley is sourced from various ceramic artists (“we are ceramics-obsessed” says Lauren): Sandwich Shop bowls and dishes, created custom for Valley; orange plates from ANK Ceramics; pink plates from HAY; and more from Luvhaus, Sarah Kersten StudioMAP Ceramics, Ginny Sims, Silt Clay, and Heath Ceramics, as well as vintage ceramics. They have vases by Hiroko Ishida, Morgan Peck, Mondays, Jessica Hans, ANI Ceramics, and Freundeskreis.

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Above: Fixtures and doors in the private event space, called Upvalley, were already in place, though not original to the building. Photograph by Evil Twin California courtesy of Valley.
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Above: The walls and ceilings came decoratively painted with Mission-inspired designs. Working with local painter Tony Thom, they retained some details while stripping it back in order to expose the adobe beneath. The fireplace was the first fireplace in all of Sonoma, built by Civil War General Joseph Hooker, who once lived in the adobe. The tables are custom made by the Hommeboys, and the chairs are vintage Michael Thonet Armchairs with Ram Inlay. Photograph by Evil Twin California courtesy of Valley.