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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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“Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily. "I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The West Sonoma Coast Vintners announce an exciting new line up of special events for their weekend long wine festival taking place in Sebastopol this weekend, July 31st – August 2nd, 2015. The wine festival celebrates its fifth year with... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Locals night at Tony's Seafood Restaurant in Marshall is the place to be on as the sun goes down on a summer's Friday. Seated at a window table, watching the last of the fishing boats glide in on a perfectly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
OK, I'll tell you — Sonoma, just off the Plaza!
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True aficionados of world's best fresh, local, seasonal and exceptional foods, wine and refreshing fermented beverages consider historic downtown Healdsburg, heart of Sonoma County's Chalk Hill/Dry Creek/Alexander and Russian River Valleys, a veritable edible Eden. Lucky for us that we... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Meet Frankie, a good-natured 12 lb Maltese/Poodle who is full of fun and love for everyone he meets. Playing innocently on an outing with his owner Dyann, Frankie was almost killed in an unprovoked and vicious attack by a much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Gap Winegrower’s Alliance hosts its inaugural Wind to Wine Festival, celebrating the elegant, wind-driven wines that have put our micro-region on the map. To kick off this fun and informative festival, join McEvoy Ranch Winemaker, Blake Yarger, for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The squire was "Prinked out he was, as if he were a mead, all full of fresh-cut flowers white and red." — Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Mere mention of honey wine (mead) takes me straight back to high school... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark you calendars for September 12th, 2015 for the South County's glitziest annual fundraising galas — Petaluma Educational Foundation BASH – Cirque du Soiree! This fun and glamorous event takes place under the PEF Big Top at 901 Lindberg Lane,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Never mind "Where's Waldo?" — this week it's more of a game of "Where In Wine Country" are we? We'll take any amount of rain in drought-ridden Northern California and July showers proved a sweet surprise despite my having dashed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Good point, Ann. Cafe Aquatica did have (partially) shaded outdoor seating with entrance from the street making this a great stop off point when out at the coast with your dogs. I visited on a weekday and business was brisk, so I'd suggest avoiding weekends so that you're able to secure seating in the shaded area when its not quite as busy.
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Lucky for me, a large part of my research for my current book project (a sequel to Fog Valley Crush) requires lots of day-trip adventuring along the Northern California Coast. It's too early to drop in a spoiler or two,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Hard to believe this is the 6th year of Rivertown Revival, our local, arts-based, community festival highlighting the funky Petaluma River and so many of our region's favorite resident artists and musicians.This year's event includes an art boat race and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity." – Herbert Hoover "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." – George Washington “Ask not what your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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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 Jul 3, 2015 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 Jun 30, 2015 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 Jun 28, 2015 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 Jun 26, 2015 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