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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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Email tim@timschiable.com to sign up for this delightful Mixed Media Painting Workshop with artist Tim Schaible at beautiful Canvas Ranch, out in the folds of Two Rock Valley. What a great way to welcome in spring! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Pliny the Younger made his 12th Annual return to Russian River Brewing Company Friday February 5th and will be available to beer fans through February 18th, 2016! It will be available on draft each day at the Russian River Brewing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Curious about what makes Petaluma Gap wines so special? A new tasting event is bound to satisfy your desire. Master the nuances of wines from our local vineyards by exposing your palate to representative Pinot Noirs from the Gap, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Is it just me, or do I detect an increase in Valentine's theme decor around town this early February? I think it's sweet. Gone are the days when Valentine's Day was make or break if an anonymous card failed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Celebrating the spirit of David Bowie and because we all need a little glitter in our lives, The Back House Gallery and Heebe Jeebe presents its next Community Art Show — Glittersweet Join in the fun and maybe get a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I've yet to talk to anyone who has tickets for the Bay Area's big game on February 6th. That doesn't mean that we can't share in the excitement of Super Bowl City at the Taste of Sonoma Lounge, where an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's almost February! How did that happen? January has in some respects dragged in its rainy days and dark nights. And yet, it has positively whizzed by in countless hours at my desk and several action-packed outings into the wilds.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mardi Gras at Lagunitas Le Bon Temps Roule! It's Mardi Gras time again and time for the best Fat Tuesday Party in Petaluma - February 9th, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary! The 3rd Annual Petaluma Music... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Super Bowl City presented by Verizon will be a free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50. Located in San Francisco, Super Bowl City wis set to feature showcase the best the Bay Area has to offer,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
A screening in Petaluma is in the works, I will let you know as soon as I hear more.
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SCREENAGERS (Official Trailer) from Delaney Ruston on Vimeo. Do you have a screenager in your house? Too much screen time on any and all devices is one of the most pressing issues of our time — and one that's certainly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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image: Nicky Ovitt Wending through some of the most picturesque wine country in California, Northern Sonoma County's "Wine Road", takes visitors on a sensually gratifying journey of natural beauty, sublime tasting experiences and memorable personal encounters with many of wine... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Farm tours bringing attendees face-to-face with the farmers and cheesemakers who work together to create some of America’s best artisan cheeses tend to sell out early every year. This year, in honor of the event's 10-year milestone, there will be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Just in case you're not completely partied out here's a perfectly good reason to mix and mingle this mid-January. Whether you're a super social type or someone whose new year resolution is to be more involved and social within the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Ha! Timo has us on a "peasant diet" this week, utilizing every last scrap of food from the festive stock. No wine. We'll see how long that lasts!
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Are you getting used to the idea of 2016? Here we are already a few days into the new year and it's time for me to take back the keyboard with some quality posts on life, times, arts and culture,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Chef John Ash presents an exclusive dinner menu with chef demonstrations in the showcase kitchen of The Key Room, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, in Novato. All proceeds benefit shelter and job-training programs at Homeward Bound of Marin. This fabulous evening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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California’s premier cheese event, California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, is celebrating its tenth year, March 18th - 20th, 2016, in and around the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma. Celebrating 10 years of cheese education and appreciation, next year’s Festival brings together... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We four "glampers" were winding up our action-packed itinerary on the final day of our New York City 2015 visit and after the enchantment of The Merchant's House all decked out in its December holiday finery, the plan was to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Day five in New York this December and the "glampers" were in the groove with East Coast time to make it out for breakfast before 10 am! Let's just say that once we hit the ground we hit it running,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Take a closer look at this jolly family's holiday shot. Behind her constant smile, Petaluma mother-of-two, Lindsay Lugo is fighting for her life. Lindsay is awaiting a lung transplant. She suffers a rare heart condition — Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was ex-pat day for the "glampers" — Day Four of our December adventuring around Manhattan's museums, cafes, theatres and shops. The four of us had discovered the delights of traditional British fare in the heart of Greenwich Village during... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Regular readers will remember Southern Sonoma County's Suzanne Biaggi's battle to save her beautiful Ecology of Place garden in memory of her brother Phil Biaggi, at Cornerstone Sonoma soon to be the new home to Sunset Magazine gardens. Click here... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark Strong (Eddie), who most recently featured in the movie "The Imitation Game", Nicola Walker (Beatrice), a British favorite on tv screen and stage, Phoebe Fox (Catherine) and Luke Norris (Rodolpho) in A View from the Bridge. Photo by Jan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Day two in New York City with the "glampers" and our itinerary took us into the Lower East Side. Russ & Daughters family-run institution is famous for having sold fish and dairy products on the Lower East Side since 1914.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life