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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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Marin/Sonoma County borderland's McEvoy Ranch is releasing its 2017 Traditional Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. McEvoy's Traditional Blend is packaged in a new, dark green bottle that, unlike the clear bottles of the past, protects oil from damaging light. This... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Esteemed Bay Area journalist Janet Fletcher, author of Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and the Planet Cheese blog, is offering a series of fantastic classes surveying the world of fine cheese at Silverado Cooking School, Napa Valley’s culinary showplace,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, neighboring Napa Valley's destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, adds new classes as it announces its class schedule through June, 2017. Among the newly added classes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thank you Sonoma County Historical Society for honoring Fog Valley Crush and Fog Valley Winter with your annual Editor's Award. I thoroughly enjoy this active society's substantial quarterly magazine photos and features (and local history book reviews). Attending the annual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Outstanding Santa Rosa J.C. student Tate Barend knows how hard it is to stay the course through grade school and into college. This extraordinary young man who has mastered his own set of learning disabilities established a scholarship through Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos Via: The Fabulous Women Lily Biagini is a young amputee with great courage and inspiring zest for life's many adventures. She is one of the many amazing clients of Petaluma-based Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. When she's riding, Lily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My favorite Southern SoCo flower shop, Second Street Flowers launches the first of a series of classes this Spring. Sign up to explore floral composition concentrate on line, form, texture and color and how to tie it all together with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm looking forward to participating in this exciting new event for historians, writers, researchers, genealogists and history lovers alike, here in Sonoma County. I'll be at the event at the DeTurk Round Barn with a table of my Fog Valley... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center presents theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore, a juried regional competition, on display from April 4th to May 20th, 2017. The exhibition will include work from 80 artists representing 12 counties in Northern and Central California exploring the current... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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image via Pinterest "I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st Century" Hillary Rodham Clinton International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global event celebrating women’s achievements - whatever they may be -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos provided by Cruisin' the Blvd (not an actual PHS shot) No matter what field of business — a common topic amongst those in the hiring seat is the challenge of finding young people even partially trained for an entry-level... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Music Festival 10th Annual Saturday, August 5th Sonoma-Marin Fair Grounds • Chris Robinson Brotherhood • Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang w/special guest Lebo • Poor Man’s Whiskey • Stu Allen & Friends • Moonalice • T Sisters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Back House Gallery at Heebe Jeebe in historic downtown Petaluma has added a series of "Pop-Up Gallery Events" to its ongoing regular art shows. All proceeds go directly to the artists and all sales will be handled directly by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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March is the month for the 11th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival, taking place Thursday 24th through Sunday 26th. Each year, hundreds of cheese lovers from around the world converge on the riverfront city of Petaluma for this terrific event.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Alan Campbell Seeing as we're still experiencing chilly weather here in Southern Sonoma County this early March, comfort foods are very much in vogue. I'm a little bit over the stews and meat-heavy casseroles of winter. A good grilled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Regular readers may recall my popular post last fall on my memorable stay at historic Deetjen's Big Sur Inn. I'm so saddened to learn of an emergency proclamation for Big Sur following this winter's storms. For the first time in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Petalumans of Yesteryear/Petaluma Historic Library & Museum Curious to learn more about Petaluma's storied past? Join the Petalumans of Yesteryear for the second annual History Trails walk through historic downtown, Sunday April 23rd, 2017. This fun and super informative,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos via Pinterest Not of Actual Book Group but Intended to Inspire! When a recent invitation arrived to attend a men's book group about to meet to discuss my first book (the groups most recent read), I have to say... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All photos courtesy of Frank Simpson & Rebuilding Together Petaluma REBUILDING TOGETHER PETALUMA'S SPRING VOLUNTEER WORKDAY : APRIL 22, 2017, 8:30 am to 3-4 pm. All of the Petaluma homes slated to be improved this Spring are owned by very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All photos via Pinterest “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Franklin D. Roosevelt “I take issue with many people's description of people being "Illegal" Immigrants. There aren't any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Here's a unique event for the food and beer lovers out there in Southern SoCo land. Food and beverage sensory expert, Petaluma native Dr. Henry “Hoby” Wedler has been completely blind since birth. Hoby recently completed his Ph.D. in organic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Copperfields Books invites mystery lovers to a pretty exciting literary dinner on Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 6pm to 9 pm at The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa. British mystery writer Ann Cleeves is coming to Santa Rosa on her first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Prolific artist Elise Durenberger captures the essence of our county in her bucolic paintings. Each year for the past few years, she's been commissioned to produce a keepsake poster for Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti. Here is this year's newly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Now certainly is time for much-needed dialogue surrounding the politics of our modern world. Artistic expression provides us with a unique platform to share that dialogue. Art gives us a voice, it unites and tells unique stories. In times of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life