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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American writer digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist.
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Everything I ever wanted to know about Sonoma County wines (as well as the best beers, brews and bites) I learn a little more about each Labor Day Saturday at the annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend's awsome, all-day Taste event... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The barn at Grand Vent/Clary Ranch Vineyards, Middle Two Rock Road, Petaluma played host to the annual gathering of Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. What an absolutely stunningly rustic setting for sharing tales of the vine and a drop or two... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
It's all happening at once, folks, so please be patient and come back for another visit very soon! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Fog Valley Crush
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"GingerImage", featured above is an image of a painting commissioned for the exhibits by local artist Ginger Irwin. This beautiful painting will be auctioned off at the Petaluma Winegrowers Gala. The Petaluma Museum Association and the Petaluma Gap Winegrower Alliance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The first thing you notice at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Labor Day Weekend, 2014) is the decided lack of distance between you and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food. For three... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
On October 5th, 2014 at Jack London State Historic Park, The Jack London Sustainability Farm Festival will highlight Jack London’s legacy as a farming pioneer and connect with the innovators of today and their vision to preserve the land for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One Planet Handcrafted Fair Trade Store changed hands this summer as founder/owner Noelle Marshall starts an adventurous new chapter in her impassioned Fair Trade career. Noelle (pictured, right) is packing up her Petaluma home for a September departure to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The late Robin Williams made his mark on the wider world as a universally funny fella in Mork and Mindy, but the cinematic Good Morning, Vietnam made a massive global impression in 1987. I was 21, still living in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Thank you, Miss Nicky! I enjoyed a spot of Pinterest perusal and an afternoon with a hot glue gun to compose this year's red, white and blue big hat!
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Wine Country Hat Day was a hoot, this early August, with a terrific turn-out of all sorts of sporting headwear from the elegant to the outrageous. This annual extravaganza, a benefit for the Sonoma County Fair Foundation, kicked off with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Well known as one of Sonoma County's most glamorous fundraising events, the annual PEF Bash, supporting Petaluma Educational Foundation, guarantees another glittering gala of dancing, dining and auctions benefiting all 37 K-12 public, not-for-profit and charter schools in the Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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More than a passing reference to the 1922 discovery of King Tut's tomb was bandied about during an historic gathering of wide-eyed witnesses to a recent art history landmark moment in Petaluma. I was honored to attend the first unveiling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tickets are available for School Garden Network of Sonoma County's ~ Harvest Fest 2014 ~ A BENEFIT FOR SCHOOL GARDENS Featuring the “High-Octane Hootenanny” band, Poor Man's Whiskey, playing their famous blend of bluegrass/old time, Southern rock, and old school... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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In the music world, a trio is a method of instrumentation or vocalization by three different sounds or voices used to make one melodious music or song. For the annual Mini-Taste of Petaluma preview dash and micro-dine, a trio of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Farm dinner fans take note, there are still a few tickets left for seating and feasting at Cotati's SucherNova Farm, this Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. Chef Laura Lee will be serving up a delicious dinner including tapas, paella, rabbit and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Toby's Gallery at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station presents one of my favorite Sonoma County artists: Dana Hooper's paintings, along with Douglas Cruickshank photographs, in an Inspired By Patterns art show August 2nd to September 2nd, 2014. An... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos Frank Simpson Renovations are underway and expected to continue through the summer months for the conversion of the old Cavanagh Center, former West Petaluma home to the Boys and Girls Club, into spiffy and spacious new digs for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” Abraham Lincoln Thousands of revelers stepped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Berkeleyside proudly announces the initial program and speaker line-up for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014. This October 24th -25th, 2014, Uncharted brings you together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A $4-million gift to the University of California, Santa Cruz has established an endowment to support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the nation's first hands-on training program for beginning organic farmers at a public university. The apprenticeship is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What a gorgeous evening for Timo's newest listing photos. And what a lovely home to catch more sunsets like this one. Click here for the website for this secluded hilltop reatreat in West Petaluma. This delightful home at 28 Halsey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life