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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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All photos via Pinterest Inauguration week. One thing I am looking forward to is witnessing and being a part of one of the 616 Sister Marches — solidarity events inspired by the Women's March on Washington, Saturday January 21st, 2017... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What kind of ancestor do you want to be? ---Winona LaDuke, 2017 Presenter As one of northern California’s most exceptional literary gatherings, the Geography of Hope Conference brings together leading writers and activists to the coastal village of Point Reyes... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced this January that Southern SoCo's Kelin Backman has accepted the position of Managing Director of one of my favorite annual events, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. I couldn't think... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Like most people in my midst, I'm finding it a baffling task to even attempt to process the absolute circus surrounding the pending inauguration of the incoming 45th President of the United States. Outgoing (please don't go . . .... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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On Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, 2017, Chef Charlie Palmer will once again bring together culinary and wine elites from around the country to participate in the 12th Annual Pigs & Pinot weekend sponsored in part by Visa... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Credit: BottleRock 2016 Florence + the Machine Single day passes for the fifth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, food, and craft brew festival, presented by JaM Cellars on May 26th - 28th, 2017, will be available Tuesday, January... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos via Pinterest “There is peace even in the storm” Vincent Van Gogh My goodness, what a start to 2017. We all knew we were in for a wild one, but so far there's been no holding back. Not on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest The Jack London Piano Club celebrates Valentine’s with a romantic concert on Sunday, February 12th at Jack London State Historic Park. Piano Club presents their recitals playing the beautiful Steinway Grand Piano that belonged to Jack London’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Meggan Hill One of the most delicious newly designed websites in artisan cheese country is that of Sonoma County's Bellwether Farms. I love what the good farmers are doing here, both in the field, the dairy and online, where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rather than give in to hibernation on Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2017 my good pal Suzanne and staff at Free Range, Petaluma will instead, be celebrating all the colors of the rainbow with a $12 special edition Rainbow Crunch Salad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Southern SoCo longtime friend and fellow Petaluman, Felice Charlton has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Felice is the National Sales Director for one of my favorite artisan cheese producers, Point Reyes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos: Pinterest "Christmas is a time of such infinite labor, as well as expense in the present making and shopping line, that almost every woman I know is good for nothing in purse and person for a month afterwards, done... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Travel back in time this winter season and meet the people who made the micro-region of southern Sonoma County and coastal west Marin the tastiest little place on earth. My new limited edition book Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Three cheers for the first annual Gingerbread House Competition and Showcase at newly refurbished Hotel Petaluma in the heart of our south county riverfront city's bustling boutique shopping district. I stopped in during my holiday shopping to take a stroll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Plaza Bistro bar manager Trevor Bach of Sonoma made Timo (pictured above) a mean Manhattan during a recent visit to our favorite neighboring wine country town. We were intrigued — and upon further investigation, learned from Trevor that he does,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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California’s premier cheese event, the California Artisan Cheese Festival, is celebrating its 11th year, March 24-26, 2017, in and around the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma. Celebrating 11 years of cheese education and appreciation, this year’s Festival brings together artisan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thank you Tali and Tam at Second Street Flowers for inviting me to read from Fog Valley Winter amidst the gorgeous greenery in one of Sonoma County's loveliest floral shops. I've baked from the vintage recipes in the back of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Top of my 2016 Holiday outing wish-list was attending the annual ritual of Christmas At The Sonoma Mission. Every December, on a chosen Saturday evening, costumed docents and park rangers welcome locals and visitors alike into the 21st and last... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A Christmas Carol was by far the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. Eight stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' masterpiece were in production within a couple of months of the book’s publication. And this classic story is every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Next up on my mini-book tour — hometown floral shop Second Street Flowers, Theatre Square, Petaluma Wednesday evening, December 14th from 7pm to 8pm. Store owner Tali and floral designer Tamara will have hot cider and all sorts of gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou Do you have stories to tell? Important letters to write? Sentiments of the heart, a wedding speech, a business plan, a press release, the next great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, more and more super sales seemingly any random day of the week, designed for boosting annual holiday season shopping — here we are in the midst of the crazy season of spend, spend, spend. And yet,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life