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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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Tasting Terrace at Gary Farrell Winery With over 17 different wine regions and 425 actual wineries to choose from, it's very easy to find yourself heading to two or three different valleys when on a wine tasting adventure in Sonoma... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Taste your way through 100 wines as you immerse yourself in our local terroir at the 2016 Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine Festival, scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Petaluma on Sunday, November 6th. General admission $85. There are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Community members banded together this September to tackle the problem of litter in the Petaluma River, as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day. Friends of the Petaluma River organized the river cleanup with the help of the Sonoma Resource Conservation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Owners Lesley M, John C and team at Aqus Cafe, hub of our community are graciously hosting me for a release of my new book on Thursday evening, September 29th. I've picked out a selection of baked goods from the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rebuilding Together Petaluma needs you and 149 of your friends, family and coworkers! This terrific non-profit will be improving the health and safety in seven local homes owned by low income veterans, disabled people and/or seniors who dream of having... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What's in your fridge? Though I'm a stalwart customer for stocking shelves at home with Clover organic milk, I was interested to read in this morning's Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper that Sonoma County's favorite family-owned Clover Stornetta Farms will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"How much is an eighth of a cent? Counted as a sales tax, it’s a nickel on a $40 purchase, a dollar on an $800 expenditure. It is, in other words, spare change?" asked Santa Rosa Press Democrat's John Burgess... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center announces Floribunda, on view from October 16th through December 11th, 2016. “Floribunda” is a celebration of all things floral and will feature the Hunt Institute’s 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, with 36 artists... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's almost been one year since the first of two major fires in Lake County. An impassioned newly released grassroots Valley Fire Song is the Valley community's way of thanking the firefighters, police and workers who fought to save their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There are many wonderful non-profits and volunteer groups in our community — one of my favorite is the Work Ready Apparel program, a part of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), though unfunded and without a penny in its little-miracles-style... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My new book, Fog Valley Winter, Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles & Vintage Recipes is off to the races this August, since rolling off the press and already making its way around the region's most rural spots. A big thank-you to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Hot on the heels of the 2016 Olympic Games, Northern California's fittest bunch of folk have their own competitive edge taken care of with games more suited to the farming culture of our region! Hay bale stacking, Drip-tape jumprope, egg... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Reader's Theatre is a terrific group of performers, many of whom I know from the several hats they wear in our great, little community! Upcoming pop-up theatrical production Dixie Swim Club sounds like another winner. "Enduring friendships are at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Bookal is a free iOS app launching this fall, born and based in Petaluma. Bookal is a home for book lovers - a social network where readers can connect and share and an easy to use hyperlocal peer-to-peer marketplace. Everything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Fork, at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is one of my favorite foodie venues in Fog Valley, perched on the edge of the world, overlooking Tomales Bay. Fall farm tours, dinners and exclusive classes have just been announced. Jump... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Back House Gallery and Heebe Jeebe Present: "The Self Portrait Show" "...as you see your self, or your mom sees you, or maybe as your dog sees you " Art accepted through Aug 11th. Always an interesting collection of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This week I sat down with fellow Brit, Stephen Hamilton, Development Director of Petaluma Shakespeare Company, over coffee at Aqus Cafe. Stephen's stellar and extensive background with San Francisco's fabulous Shakespeare Festival makes me happy to hear that he and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life