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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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Why travel out of the south county when there are hidden gems to explore on your doorstep? Join west Petaluma's exclusive Spring Hill Road Azari Vineyards' winemaking team for a memorable Midsummer's afternoon party. Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 12:00... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My freelance work for the wonderful and expansive Sonoma County Tourism website takes me off-road on the sorts of extraordinary experiences that remind me that it is not only possible to achieve the best work/life balance but fun and enlightening... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Original Cruisin' The (Petaluma) Boulevard artwork by Elise Durenberger All-volunteer, non-profit Cruisin' The Boulevard, Inc celebrates its 11th anniversary Salute to American Graffiti this weekend, May 19, 20 and 21st. Hundreds of gleaming pre-1976 cars are in town for annual... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you missed out on the Foxes' CD release part at Rancho Nicasio, here's another fun opportunity to celebrate with the sistas: HOMETOWN CD RELEASE PARTY SATURDAY MAY 21 7:00PM - 9:45 PM THE BIG EASY 128 American Alley Petaluma,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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An enticing Arts in April program called for a first visit to exclusive and certified green St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery — a 100% Estate Grown, Napa Valley sustainably farmed winery, located in the Rutherford growing region. Berkeley-based artist... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you are a regular reader of Southern Sonoma Country Life, you'll be familiar with the story of local, award-winning sculptural landscape architect Suzanne Biaggi's beautiful, displaced, commemorative art garden, designed, crowdfunded and constructed in memory of her late brother... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Friends of the Petaluma River non-profit group recently held its Spring Petaluma River Cleanup and removed over 3500 lbs of trash from our much-loved waterway. A first Spring Showcase also took place this month of May with nine groups of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When your partner's a real estate man-about-town-and-country, you get to see some pretty amazing properties. Every once in a while, there's a stand-out, a unique home or, in this case, southern Sonoma County gateway-to-wine-country estate beyond compare in the current... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Second Street Flowers in Petaluma's Theatre Square is a haven of color, texture, shape and movement with its morning delivery of galvanized bucket loads of the best farm-fresh floral offerings of the west. With Mother's Day around the corner and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, taps into the region’s renowned culinary scene once again, creating an inspired food, wine and brew festival to complement the BottleRock musical lineup. In addition to the roster of more than 100 chefs,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It’s no secret that craft beer in Sonoma County has a cult-like, following. Now in its second year, the Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition is a Mecca for craft brew aficionados and aspiring craft brewers alike. Last year’s event saw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, these amazing Sonoma County gals are releasing their much-awaited CD, Fox On The Run, on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at a party at Rancho Nicasio. Tickets are being snapped up fast and will sell out.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm in training once again as a returning judge in the line-up for for the 19th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa and Beer Tasting, Saturday May 7th, 2016. If you've yet to attend this super-fun event, make this your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) is excited to announce hosting a showing of acclaimed new movie SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Wednesday evening, May 11th, 2016. The screening takes place at Boulevard Cinemas in downtown Petaluma beginning at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles & Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth is ready to roll onto the presses in time for a late summer/early fall pre-2016 Holiday season release. Thousands of hours have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Jack London State Historic Park on May 21st, 2016 for a unique chance to create light-painted photos of Jack London’s Wolf House. Discover the art of light painting for digital photography. In this fun and informative class, professional photographer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based Pizza Politana is as good as it gets when it comes to fresh, organic, local brick oven pizza. There is only one public event in Southern SoCo that the Pizza Politana team is selling pizzas at this year and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We're so fortunate in Sonoma County to have an abundance of teaching gardens in our schools. Around the time that my oldest son, Rocco started at Valley Vista Elementary in Petaluma many moons ago (he's now almost 25!), an old... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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MarinScapes is one of my top picks for viewing extraordinary landscape art in the North Bay — and sales contribute towards vital mental health care and recovery for thousands of people in our communities north of the Golden Gate Bridge.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Giant Steps Riding Center is a powerful resource in our community for safe, effective and affordable physical, cognitive, emotional, and developmental therapy for people of all ages. This summer, the program's first Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser takes place Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life