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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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Celebrate the holiday spirit with Sonoma County’s Cinnabar Theater. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, and all the way into 2015, Cinnabar offers uplifting activities for local families: The Wizard of Oz: November 28 – December 14 Follow the yellow... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage Exhibit continues its run at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum through fall. If you only step foot in your local museum every once in a while, this should be the "once" this year! Especially... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Takes all sorts. Partial to a horror flick on occasion? Not me, but if you are and you're up for going the extra mile for a night of ghoulish thrills, then look no further than this rather unique travel and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma’s downtown merchants inbite you to stop by for Petaluma’s Harvest Days and “Scarecrows on the Town,” — October 24th -26th, 2014. Events will be taking place in merchant locations at various times all three days, as the community celebrates... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Jason Jenkins hosts his hot ticket item event — the 8th Annual Vine & Barrel Champagne and Oyster Tasting extravaganza, featuring 30 houses of the finest sparkling from around the world, on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. "Some of these wineries... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There's a new store on the block this holiday shopping season. As we continue our focus on shopping locally, especially when out and about buying gifts, it's good to have lots of options around town. Petaluma Home & Garden is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Jayne Moye's August 2104 intro to Fodor's Travel 10 Best River Towns guide offers food for thought on the ongoing status of the jewel in the sadly shabby crown that is the Victorian ironfront downtown pedestrian area of the Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Reset Go offers a phenomenal, free program consisting of a 12-hour workshop, life coaching and an online support community to veterans to empower them to thrive as civilians and transition into civilian life more successfully. The program was launched in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based artist Shannon Abbey whose illustrated works have featured in the Wall Street Journal and Pottery Barn, brings chalk board art to a new, affordable level, locally, this Fall season. Her beautiful, one-of-a-kind chalkboards are meticulously created with durable chalk... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Blood Orange Eggnog Blood Orange infused into the spice blend of eggnog...a holiday classic 1.5 oz. Charbay Blood Orange Vodka 4 oz. eggnog Mix ingredients; if possible, allow to sit for 30 minutes for flavors to bind. Garnish with an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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On Saturday, October 11, 2014, The Fabulous Women of Sonoma County will host an event in support of Baby Ruth Olivia. Based in Petaluma, this very special non-profit is dedicated to supporting meaningful local causes, bringing light and hope to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Fog Valley Crush" Kickstarter campaign has funded! In large part, looking at the nifty numbers behind the scenes, from clicks through Southern Sonoma Country Life. From my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you! Now, if you're a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius More frequently I find myself crossing paths with the same crowd. Not surprisingly, they're the movers and shakers of our community. The same few names and faces that pop up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A lot of wonderful fundraiser info pops into my inbox on a daily basis. It's great to be able to share the work of so many caring people in our community, each working in their own unique way to make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What an astonishing month! When I decided to take the plunge and self publish Fog Valley Crush, I thought long and hard about how best to undertake its design, printing, sales and distribution. All big learning curves for a new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: Victoria Webb Petaluma entrepreneur Anastasia Schuster helps entrepreneurs and small businesses be more successful. By putting them in front of groups to share their passion and expertise, they are able to build their client base. This is a woman... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Aren't we all ready to stash the worn-out t-shirts and shorts of an endless summer and bring on fall's beautiful, textured, layered clothing? I know I am. I love the colors of an autumn wardrobe. At this rate we'll be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Writing is is my passion, but I have to say, I really enjoyed narrating a passage from my book, Fog Valley Crush in a recording for this lovely new video made for me by my son Rocco, with the help... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Syrah is one of the last grape varietals to hang in cool climate Petaluma Gap terroir. This year, with the drought and Indian Summer heat peaks, harvest on Rivetti Mountain was a few weeks earlier than it has been in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you've never attended any of the previous years' Latin American-culture-infused El Dia De Los Muertos month-long events in Petaluma, 2014 is the year to immerse yourself in this stunning celebration of all who have gone before us. I stopped... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life