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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — releasing Aug 2016.
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This year’s 2016 Petaluma Educational Foundation fundraising gala BASH, supporting the mission of PEF guarantees another legendary night of dancing, dining and auctions benefiting all 38 K-12 public, not-for-profit and charter schools in the Petaluma area. On September 10th, guests... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My summer 2016 visit to the UK came a couple of weeks after my 50th birthday. My London-based, youngest sister, Lindsey, celebrated her 40th birthday seven months earlier. A posh tea in town was top of our list of several... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of my favorite quotes about England, gleaned from my recent visit, this summer, came from the venerable writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, Kim and multiple other classics. For Kipling, the early motor car was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, local producer of California’s most awarded sparkling wines is searching for the tastiest appetizer recipe in the country to pair with its Sonoma Brut. Budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Time for a post after a hiatus as I traveled over the Pond to visit family in the UK immediately post Brexit. I'm still processing the experience after talking (mostly listening) to so many people with so many different takes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Marin French Cheese Company, the iconic California producer of Brie, Camembert and original French-style cheeses, today announces its second annual Summer Picnic Party on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 11am - 3 pm, on the idyllic grounds surrounding the creamery,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sausalito-based wildlife tour expert Wild Planet Adventures underscores that when you travel abroad to encounter Earth’s most exotic wild creatures is as important as the destination itself. Backed by over 25 years of experience, Wild Planet Adventures incorporates their destination-specific... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Via Pinterest Despite all of the recent upheaval, I am headed over the pond, for my annual visit to spend time with family in England and to be on home turf when Dom, my youngest of three sons makes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I gave up my right to vote in the UK after permanently settling in the States, Murray. I do vote here in the US, though, for sure. I've been fascinated by reporting throughout Europe on learning the broader implications of this week's referendum.
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Photo: Tony Ray-Jones © Royal Photographic Society/ National Media Museum If my native Britain votes to leave the European Union on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, I doubt that the present, pressing, humanitarian demands on this lovely little island will cease... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer season is a busy time in Sonoma County and during the whirl of warm weather gatherings, I caught up with my good friend Emma of Emma Gardner Designs who lives and breathes (aside from being a favorite friend to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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IceHouse Gallery Presents Past Tense, Present Tense - Paintings by Jack Stuppin July 16 through August 22, 2016 Reception for the artist Saturday, July 23rd 5:00 to 8:00pm IceHouse Gallery 405 East D St. Studio B Petaluma, CA 94952 The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Funny thing about authors is that though they hide away for months/years at a time penning their work, we do come out of the woodwork every now and again for the social cause. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting therapist and podcaster... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Em Rossi sat down with me poolside in her Southern Sonoma County home she shares with her Mom and older brother and a menagerie of much loved family pets, to catch up post high school graduation and chat about her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma Valley author Sam Keen reads from he and his son's book winner of the 2015 Nautilus Silver Award, Prodigal Father Wayward Son, A Roadmap to Reconciliation, just in time for Father's Day at the Wine Annex, this Saturday, June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Southern Sonoma County's celebrated portrait photographer Murray Rockowitz is looking for two more people to join in an immersion into the art and craft of photographing people for the next four weeks. Class starts June 8th, 2016 in Petaluma. He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Southern Sonoma County's painter and potter Aaron Edmondson exhibits around 28 of his beautiful pots and watercolor portraits this month, through mid-July 2016 at The Finley Center 2060 West College ( Corner of College and Stoney point) in Santa Rosa.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma resident Hannah has a website/brand called "Trende," covering fashion, food and media. Two of Hannah's fashion shows were picked up by an online broadcasting company recently. One of the shows is called "10 pieces-10 outfits." Both will air live... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If, like me, you didn't get it together to get tickets (or a press pass as I've enjoyed in the past) to this year's BottleRock weekend in Napa, or even if you did and you just can't get enough —... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Why travel out of the south county when there are hidden gems to explore on your doorstep? Join west Petaluma's exclusive Spring Hill Road Azari Vineyards' winemaking team for a memorable Midsummer's afternoon party. Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 12:00... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My freelance work for the wonderful and expansive Sonoma County Tourism website takes me off-road on the sorts of extraordinary experiences that remind me that it is not only possible to achieve the best work/life balance but fun and enlightening... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Original Cruisin' The (Petaluma) Boulevard artwork by Elise Durenberger All-volunteer, non-profit Cruisin' The Boulevard, Inc celebrates its 11th anniversary Salute to American Graffiti this weekend, May 19, 20 and 21st. Hundreds of gleaming pre-1976 cars are in town for annual... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you missed out on the Foxes' CD release part at Rancho Nicasio, here's another fun opportunity to celebrate with the sistas: HOMETOWN CD RELEASE PARTY SATURDAY MAY 21 7:00PM - 9:45 PM THE BIG EASY 128 American Alley Petaluma,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life