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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
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If you're a fan of top-notch, fresh, local, seasonal meals without the pretentiousness of many wine country restaurants, head out to Bodega Bay and sit yourself down at one of the 35 seats inside Sonoma County's best kept dining secret,... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tickets are now available for one of my favorite wine country annual highlights, the (2015) Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, taking place over Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 4th through Sunday September 6th. During this stellar weekend Sonoma County throws open... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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History resides in quiet splendor at number 771 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, Marin County. In 1874 (French immigrant baker turned brickmaker) Claude Callot leased property from a large dairy rancher in Larkspur, named Patrick King. Claude started his own brickyard across... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sunset on Sonoma Mountain, just minutes from downtown Petaluma was the picture perfect time for me to take a tour of this private, exclusive, super-luxury estate, set amidst rolling hills of dairy pasture land and panoramic mountain views. Vintage sports... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos: Jude Mooney Sonoma County born and raised singer/songwriter Em Rossi bursts onto the music scene this summer with the release of her first record from her debut album — singularly entitled "Madness". This super talented 17-year-old and her manager... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Left Brain, Right Brain by Beth Hibbard Painter, Beth Hibbard, and collagist, Kory Vanderpool open an exhibit on Saturday July 11th, in the Mezzanine Pop-Up Gallery, upstairs in The Opera House, downtown Petaluma’s newest artists’ collective, at 145 Kentucky St.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Something I haven't heard of before, but for all my horse riding/yoga loving friends and readers in the North Bay, this unique yoga day retreat on July 12th, designed by rider and yogi Skyler Fell promoting unity between horse and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty". — author unknown Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you haven't already made a note to self to hurry on over to Petaluma Arts Center post haste for this summer's fabulous visiting exhibition Edgar Degas The Private Impressionist, do so soon! You don't have to be a fine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Historical Museum is set to host a very special duo-pianist concert this summer to commemorate America’s first concert pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk's historic Petaluma visit and performance Gottschalk (1829-1869) played in Petaluma exactly 150 years ago, on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma Coast Spirits, located in the hoppin' brew district on North McDowell Blvd in Petaluma, has rebranded its award winning lemon drop martini and launched two additional craft cocktails: Thirty-two proof "Pomegranate-Lime" and "Mango Tango". Pomegranate-lime is handcrafted using premium... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My favorite nature photographer and youngest son, Dominic Rivetti (16), photographed old buildings and wildlife at public viewing and education areas at the Lighthouse Observation Deck, South Beach Overlook, Elephant Seal Overlook, Historic Lifeboat Station, and Drakes Beach during his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Ok folks, if you like a bit of heritage, as you know I do, Marin French Cheese is celebrating its 150th anniversary this summer. This loveliest of rustic institutions, located the perfect distance between Petaluma and Point Reyes Station, partied... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What a great line-up for this year's Kate Wolf Music Festival in Mendocino County, June 25th to 28th. The festival site is about a 30 minute drive from Willits. There are lots of options for where to stay, many places... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The call of the horn, the thundering of the hooves, the roar of the crowd— there’s nothing like live horse racing at the Sonoma County Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 13 for this year’s Wine Country Racing. Premier... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Look no further than downtown Petaluma's hopping Jazz hide-away — The Big Easy, for hot sounds, cool beer and tasty late night summer suppers. Look no further than downtown Petaluma's hopping Jazz hide-away — The Big Easy, for hot sounds,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Take Dad to the farm this Father's Day. In celebration of Dads, Petaluma's Tara Firma Farms is bringing back its annual Hog Feast. Hosted in the farm's event barn, families are invited to grub on pasture raised pork ($15/plate) and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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About this time in Summer, I've typically run out of great television series to binge-watch. Just as I was lamenting a lack-luster smattering of anything remotely interesting on tv, one of my media savvy sons switched on "Chef's Table" in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Food and Wine Tours (a fast growing, international activity) offer visitors to wine country culinary hot spots such Sonoma a delicious opportunity to taste their way around town and take in more than a well-selected variety hidden gems that they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The (Santa Rosa) Railroad Square Music Festival is a FREE day of music from 11am to 7pm on June 7th, 2015 in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square. This awesome event is a project of The North Bay Hootenanny, a Santa Rosa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Santa Rosa’s Mello Dairy has been named the 2015 Dairy of the Year for the North Bay region. The family-owned dairy was selected for ranch appearance, herd management and leadership in the dairy industry and community. Sonoma County Fair and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The dynamic duo from Sebastopol's Zazu Kitchen + Farm Duskie Estes and John Stewart, plus David Budworth of Marina Meats are all set to “Celebrate the Pig” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at a Fresh Starts Chef... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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While the media and Nor Cal public at large tries to figure out just how to pigeonhole a wildly successful 3rd annual BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival, I thought I'd spend an afternoon and evening at this smash-hit, sell-out event,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Images courtesy of the private collection of Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Petaluma Arts Center's June/July exhibition draws widespread attention from around the West Coast for an... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life