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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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Do you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy? Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s best appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Museum Association has announced an upcoming presentation by photograph conservator, Gawain Weaver. Scheduled in conjunction with the PHL&M’s current exhibit, “Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,” Gawain will discuss the subject of photograph conservation and demonstrate a wide range of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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And now for something pleasingly out of the box — if you like the idea of spicing up your life this summer, here is a fun and free class to add to your calendar. Join the friendly folk at the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thank you to my husband and number one fan, Timo for supporting my blogging efforts here at Southern Sonoma Country Life. It's my mission here to share the good life of the place we call home, with regular shout outs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Image: Peter Connors A compelling new exhibit at Petaluma Arts Center Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments, with particular emphasis on Sonoma County. Some of these marine impressions are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Entertainment provided by Stony Point Ramblers. A silent auction featuring unique products, tastings, experiences and services from Sonoma County businesses will take place before and during dinner, as well as a live auction between dinner and dessert. When: Saturday, August... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for a Paella dinner and live music by The Pulsators at Lagunitas Brewery, September 18th, 2017. Trades on Tap will help to sustain Rebuilding Together Petaluma's year-round efforts to repair the homes of extremely low income residents... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Museum Association Presents Public Historian, Arielle Lehmann “The Significance Of Petaluma's 1858 Incorporation Documents” Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 PM Admission: Free Arielle Lehmann, a Public Historian and Petaluma native, will be presenting a free lecture entitled “The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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An all new take on The Taste of Petaluma, the annual culinary journey through downtown Petaluma, takes place Saturday, August 19th from 12pm to 3pm. A fundraiser for Cinnabar Theater, Taste of Petaluma is an outdoor culinary event spanning an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, the Napa Valley destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine has added new class formats and seasonal themes to its instructional calendar. From knee-high novices to kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you've yet to experience one of the Fresh Start Chef Events to benefit shelter and job training programs for previously homeless people in transition, I highly recommend you book yourself a seat at the table for Chef Marc Dym... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Melania Mahoney Taste of Sonoma, one of my favorite, annual events, scheduled September 2-3, this year, for the first time at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, has announced that its Sunday, September 3... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Musical artist Evie Ladin is set to perform at a fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute to help fund farm connection and experiences for youth. Arrive early and tour the farm from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Dancing from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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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 Jul 19, 2017 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