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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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Photo: Patterson Family archives "I smell cinnamon and spices, I hear music everywhere. All around, kaleidoscope of color. I think that maybe I'm dreaming." — David Crosby Photo: Patterson Family archives It's been fifty years since the legendary Summer of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Meet Tessa Marianne, the intrepid photo blogger behind Traveling Tessa — currently half way through an amazing ten week road trip through the American West and taking us along for the ride with her stunning shots of National Parks. Colorado-based... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Taste of Petaluma is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for this annual extravaganza — a culinary adventure around town featuring all the best bites of our tastiest little place on earth. This terrific benefit for Petaluma treasure, Cinnabar Theater, takes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Have you heard of the The Idea Lounge? It's an exciting series of talks with a twist! Two speakers: one from the arts, one not. The audience uncovers what they have in common, revealing the connections between art and life.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Taste of Sonoma – If you've yet to experience this spectacular Labor Day Weekend event, this year, September 2nd and 3rd – now's the time to treat yourself to one of the most enjoyable, immersive opportunities for wine and culinary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: John Ricca photo: Richard Valenti If you've ever taken a photo where the resulting image just doesn't live up to the magic that inspired you to take the shot, your photographic subjects, portraits, landscapes, travel photography or close-ups will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma's Art & Garden festival in historic Fourth Street boutique shopping area is turning sweet sixteen this year and celebrating the Summer of Love. Join friends and neighbors from 11 am to 5 pm, on July 9th, 2017, for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Full of personal history and layers of meaning, British expatriate Carolyn Wilson's new series of collage pieces capture aspects of her experience living and traveling in England. She says, "Communicating more than what is merely visible on the surface, my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Love Nick's Cove out on Tomales Bay and especially the new Wine Wednesday 50% off a bottle of wine deal, which is hard to beat. I recently dined out in town with girlfriends and was charged a $25 corkage fee... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” — Ruth Riechl It had been a while since I'd stopped in at Viansa Sonoma, one of Sonoma Wine Country's flagship wineries, conveniently located on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Two terrific new summer special eating out options in the area — Saber Sunday Brunch in the lobby of Hotel Petaluma with The Shuckery Parlor team 11 am to 4 pm starting Sunday July 2nd. Meet up with friends, make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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College of Marin Photography Professor Polly Steinmetz shows her recent photographs in a new exhibit titled “Breathless” at the college’s Fine Arts Gallery from July 15th to Aug. 5th. In this show, Steinmetz demonstrates the life-affirming beauty of animals who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer Sustainability Series in Sebastopol Conversations with Local Fishermen Featuring Water2Table, TwoXSea and Hog Island The Bay area’s coastal waters and the Susan River in Lassen county are the focus of a new “Deep Dive” conversational series with local fishermen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based startup Aftertec Advanced Imaging invites you to explore the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum in a great new 3D virtual tour of its current Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers exhibit. This is exciting technology and all the more poignant when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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During the mid-1960s, artists, activists, writers, and musicians converged on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. It was a time of international upheaval. By 1967, the neighborhood attracted 100,000 young people from all over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Top: Master and Mistress of the Revels (Ron Patterson & Amie Hill), China Camp Forest, San Rafael 1967 (photo courtesy of Patterson Family archive) The original Renaissance Pleasure Faire arrived in Marin County ~ quite appropriately ~ during 1967's "Summer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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How'd you like that novel you've been itching to read, dropped off at your door? Download the newly launched Bookal App and it can happen in hours. Are you a book clubber, a starving college student, a parent drowning in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: The EasyLeaves Every once in a while a more out of the ordinary email drops into my inbox to bring a smile to my face. I love to hear of philanthropic support for the creatives in our community who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer garden parties and get togethers are ramping up now that school's out. Beautify tour space with lush summer tablescape, learned from the experts at my favorite floral store, Second Street Flowers, in downtown Petaluma. Discover how to infuse summer's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Friends out at Monkey Ranch, a 50 acre former dairy ranch seven miles west of Petaluma have let us in on the menu fixings and wine pairings for an upcoming ranch dinner on June 17th. Chef Aimee is sourcing local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The most exciting double bill in Petaluma in years, I am so excited to stop by both openings of these super promising new shows in the south county, this Saturday, June 10th, 2017. I'll be featuring more in-depth coverage of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life