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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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Should you find yourself with the rest of the day to shop, prep and whip up a multi-course, unforgettably delicious Cinco de Mayo feast, gather friends and family, delegate dishes and take your lead from chef Bobby Flay's marvelous Mesa... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Did you know that Sonoma State University is home to one of a select 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide? This fabulous learning community opens all sorts of doors to stimulating and enlightening lifelong education without the pressure of having... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mendocino's Blue Door Group features 19 chic guest accommodations spread across three Victorian inns, each marked with a distinctive blue front door. Packard House, JD House, and Blue Door Inn are all within a few blocks of one another and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Founded in 1865, Marin French Cheese Company is celebrating 150 years of artisan cheese making at its original Hicks Valley Ranch location, known to locals as the Cheese Factory. A picnic party to appreciate present and past employees, neighbors and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Best place for a writer and an illustrator to meet up for morning meditation and to soak in some super-duper inspiration at the start of a new collaboration is a local independent bookstore. Just so happens that Copperfield's Petaluma is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: Friends of the Petaluma River — Clearing the River of Debris of All Shapes & Sizes Friends of the Petaluma River hosts the 21st annual Spring Petaluma River Cleanup on Saturday, May 2nd at the Petaluma Marina. The event... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Enjoy an inspiring day of "Everything Wool!" The 2nd Annual Valley Ford Farm to Home Wool Festival showcases close to a 100 fiber/jewelry/craft artisan vendors. I attended this event last year and it was well worth calendar planning for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm excited to be included in an awesome lineup of Subject Matter Experts (listed above) for the return of the popular Written Word Mixer at the Petaluma Arts Center on Wednesday evening, May 6th, 2015. The Written Word Mixer is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I absolutely love Jack London State Park, Anastasia, I am so excited to hear that you are going to attend. I have a prior engagement that day, but if Susan decides to do this again, I will most certainly sign up.
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Early bird tickets start at $30. Click here for the range of mix and match entry costs. VIP tickets are also available. Your $85 ticket for Saturday scores you a reserved seat in the shade under the big tent, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Writing and the Natural World: A One-Day Retreat for Women, focusing on how the mirror of nature reflects our life stories, will be offered by Jack London State Historic Park on Saturday May 16th 2015 from 9:30 am to 4:30... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"The ultimate challenge in photography is bringing forth the essence of a person, portraying their fullness and beauty," says Sonoma County's celebrated portrait artist Murray Rockowitz. photo: rockowitz.com "Indeed, the proper use of light is imperative, yet, the ability to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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BottleRock Napa Valley has announced its star-studded culinary lineup and the addition of a fifth stage – the Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage. Situated in the epicenter of America’s wine and food playground, BottleRock Napa Valley delivers a lineup of chefs, restaurateurs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Classic cars and raising barns… on May 9th 2015 the Sonoma County Fair Foundation and DenBeste Motorsports will bring these two unlikely elements together in an exclusive, “supercharged” fundraising event. The event, which is limited to just 250 people, will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join the brew crew Saturday, May 23rd between 11am and 4pm at Petaluma's Veterans Memorial Building (1094 Petaluma Blvd S.) for a day full of home brewed craft beer tasting. $25 entrance is good for a commemorative glass and 20... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma's Tara Firma Farms hosts Chloris Floral with a special Mother's Day pop-up flower shop! Sonoma County-based floral designers will have all sorts of bouquets for sale as well as a custom arrangement station, in which youngsters are invited assemble... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos: Trombetta Family Wines One of the questions posed to Winery owner Rickey Trombetta Stancliff, presenter at an April gathering of the fun and informative southern Sonoma County Salon du Vin group was: "What is Gap's Crown?" Petaluma Gap Wine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"BottleRock has one of the most diverse lineups we've ever been part of. I mean...Robert Plant?!? Snoop Dogg?!? We're on the same lineup as some of my biggest childhood idols," says Ben Morrison of one of Sonoma County's favorite Bay... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Lupinus Arboreus,” Vi Strain “Echeveria, ” Elizabeth Peyton “Salvia,” Nina Antze The Mahoney Library Gallery located in the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus presents 31 pieces from the Alcatraz Florilegium created by artists of the Northern California Society of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Unplug the electrics this weekend. Why not? There's plenty to do in the great outdoors and you'll be in good company! Check out PetalumaUnPlugged.com for a full list of fun things planned in the Petaluma area from Friday April 10th... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Ah, thank you for this lovely story, Murray and for your kind words on Dom's work. He is still using the D90 and also a Fujifilm XE2 which he is enjoying a lot. He's definitely caught the bug, quite literally! His plant and wildlife photography is still his passion, but he's carrying his camera with him on most outings and has a good eye for capturing shots for use on Southern Sonoma Country Life. I'm very happy about that!
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Photos: Dominic Rivetti After a weekend visit to old favorite, West Country's Wild Flour Bread in bucolic Freestone, I'd have to agree with the words of James Beard, in that: "Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Hope to share a glass of this special vintage with you when you are next in California dear Kathy
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Congratulations to winemakers Timo and Mike on the newly announced 2015 Sonoma Marin Fair "Gold — Best in Class" award for Rivetti Mountain handcrafted 2013 cool climate Que Syra Syrah. Timo describes this special vintage as: "Nonno's 2013 organic egg... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Couldn't resist sharing this sweet image of a pair of Petaluma High School sweethearts, sporting the proverbial purple jersey and a note from President of Cruisin’ The Boulevard, Inc, Greg Gustafson, asking: "Where were you in '62?" Senior, junior, freshman?:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life