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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author 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. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) has announced that a petition has been submitted to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) asking for official recognition of the unique character and high quality of the grapes being grown... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I've long since been a big fan of Bovine Bakery, its original little quarter-century-established mothership an anchor in the heart of bustling Point Reyes Station — and, for the past five years, in its sister bakery and storefront at 23... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's hard to believe that already this is the 9th annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, March 20-22, 2015. I've attended several seminars and joined in on various tours over the years and it is always so fantastic to meet so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Shared Housing and Resource Exchange, an invaluable new non-profit doing great work here in Sonoma County is reaching out to find a match for a work-exchange homeshare for talented fine- woodworker, Mark D, whose defined carpentry services are available in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I received a 'right royal' welcome when I stopped in at newly opened Two London Foodies Tea and Sandwich take-out shop in downtown Petaluma's American Alley this week. Look who was there to greet me! Sisters Sue and Kate Grixti... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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National Geographic reports that: "Aboriginals had the (Australian) continent to themselves for 50,000 years. Today they make up less than three percent of the population and their traditional lifestyle is disappearing. Almost. In the homelands the ancient ways live on".... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos: Della Fattoria Bakery and Cafe (Click Here to place Valentine's Day Orders) "Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is done... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This January, Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) opened the doors of Work: Ready Apparel, a Petaluma boutique clothing store where COTS Work: Ready clients can find suitable interview and work clothing — for free! A polished and good-quality work outfit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wine aficionados and locavores alike, toast the (over 21s) you heart best with a special Valentine's sale on some of the very best, award winning wines, meticulously made in bucolic Chileno Valley. Wine maker Barry Singer of Petaluma-based Singer Cellars... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
You are not going to like this Frank, but these shots were taken with my iPhone 6!
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Delightful setting for a spot of Sonoma West "country" afternoon tea — the newly launched Muir's Tea Room is located in a sweet, painted white one-story Victorian with partial wrap-around porch, in Sebastopol. Light, bright and welcoming, the interior is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015 Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm Cost: $75 Location: McEvoy Ranch This workshop is geared to small and mid-size growers with 1 – 100 acres for medium density orchards or landscape plantings. Samantha Dorsey, McEvoy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, Jack London State Historic Park will host a community celebration and ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail. This trail, on land never before accessible to the public,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) has unveiled a fun new new logo for its Alphabet Soup Thrift Store operation benefiting the local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization’s mission to support over 13,000 students at all 37 K-12 public, private and charter Petaluma area... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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May 1st marks the launch of a new Sonoma County tradition. Sonoma County Vintners introduces the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction—a live auction of a curated selection of one-of-a-kind wine futures representing the stylistic range and world-class quality of Sonoma... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Winter Citrus Salad with Shaved Fennel, Red Onion & Feta Cheese "Ideally, tearing herbs is the way to go," Central Market's Chef Tony Najiola told a packed house of around 150 diners at a recent Fresh Starts Celebrity Chef Event... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Pacific Empire Chorus presents its fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed & Live A Cappella Show Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 5:30-9:00 p.m at the Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blv. South. photo of Fisherman's Wharf: Via San Francisco Public Library.org... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: The City of Petaluma Public Art Committee (PPAC) Big news on the art around town scene here at the gateway to wine country. The City of Petaluma Public Art Committee (PPAC) is currently seeking qualifications from artists or artist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Go out, get a book — and read! If you're anything like me, you are never without a good read, but if you've been watching too much tv this winter and are slacking on selecting a gripping new novel, work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thousands of varieties of trees, vines and shrubs bear edible fruit. Most people are familiar with the more common varieties of fruits available in grocery stores, those that are durable for shipping, handling and storage rather than necessarily for best... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Revolution Bread — Photo: Green String Farm Look out for Petaluma breadmaker Eli Colvin's rustic and delicious, artisan baked Revolution Bread at Green String Farm Store, on Adobe Road heading out from Petaluma towards Sonoma, every Thursday, Friday and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Charles and Ray Eames in their studio at 901 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA, on a Velocette motorcycle, 1948. All images courtesy Eames Office. © Eames Office 2014. Wire Chair with bird, 1951. Petaluma Arts Center will resonate with three generations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life