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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: Petalumans of Yesteryear/Petaluma Historic Library & Museum Curious to learn more about Petaluma's storied past? Join the Petalumans of Yesteryear for the second annual History Trails walk through historic downtown, Sunday April 23rd, 2017. This fun and super informative,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos via Pinterest Not of Actual Book Group but Intended to Inspire! When a recent invitation arrived to attend a men's book group about to meet to discuss my first book (the groups most recent read), I have to say... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All photos courtesy of Frank Simpson & Rebuilding Together Petaluma REBUILDING TOGETHER PETALUMA'S SPRING VOLUNTEER WORKDAY : APRIL 22, 2017, 8:30 am to 3-4 pm. All of the Petaluma homes slated to be improved this Spring are owned by very... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All photos via Pinterest “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Franklin D. Roosevelt “I take issue with many people's description of people being "Illegal" Immigrants. There aren't any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Here's a unique event for the food and beer lovers out there in Southern SoCo land. Food and beverage sensory expert, Petaluma native Dr. Henry “Hoby” Wedler has been completely blind since birth. Hoby recently completed his Ph.D. in organic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Copperfields Books invites mystery lovers to a pretty exciting literary dinner on Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 6pm to 9 pm at The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa. British mystery writer Ann Cleeves is coming to Santa Rosa on her first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Prolific artist Elise Durenberger captures the essence of our county in her bucolic paintings. Each year for the past few years, she's been commissioned to produce a keepsake poster for Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti. Here is this year's newly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Now certainly is time for much-needed dialogue surrounding the politics of our modern world. Artistic expression provides us with a unique platform to share that dialogue. Art gives us a voice, it unites and tells unique stories. In times of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All photos via Pinterest Inauguration week. One thing I am looking forward to is witnessing and being a part of one of the 616 Sister Marches — solidarity events inspired by the Women's March on Washington, Saturday January 21st, 2017... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What kind of ancestor do you want to be? ---Winona LaDuke, 2017 Presenter As one of northern California’s most exceptional literary gatherings, the Geography of Hope Conference brings together leading writers and activists to the coastal village of Point Reyes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced this January that Southern SoCo's Kelin Backman has accepted the position of Managing Director of one of my favorite annual events, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. I couldn't think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Like most people in my midst, I'm finding it a baffling task to even attempt to process the absolute circus surrounding the pending inauguration of the incoming 45th President of the United States. Outgoing (please don't go . . .... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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On Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, 2017, Chef Charlie Palmer will once again bring together culinary and wine elites from around the country to participate in the 12th Annual Pigs & Pinot weekend sponsored in part by Visa... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Credit: BottleRock 2016 Florence + the Machine Single day passes for the fifth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, food, and craft brew festival, presented by JaM Cellars on May 26th - 28th, 2017, will be available Tuesday, January... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos via Pinterest “There is peace even in the storm” Vincent Van Gogh My goodness, what a start to 2017. We all knew we were in for a wild one, but so far there's been no holding back. Not on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest The Jack London Piano Club celebrates Valentine’s with a romantic concert on Sunday, February 12th at Jack London State Historic Park. Piano Club presents their recitals playing the beautiful Steinway Grand Piano that belonged to Jack London’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Meggan Hill One of the most delicious newly designed websites in artisan cheese country is that of Sonoma County's Bellwether Farms. I love what the good farmers are doing here, both in the field, the dairy and online, where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rather than give in to hibernation on Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2017 my good pal Suzanne and staff at Free Range, Petaluma will instead, be celebrating all the colors of the rainbow with a $12 special edition Rainbow Crunch Salad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Southern SoCo longtime friend and fellow Petaluman, Felice Charlton has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Felice is the National Sales Director for one of my favorite artisan cheese producers, Point Reyes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos: Pinterest "Christmas is a time of such infinite labor, as well as expense in the present making and shopping line, that almost every woman I know is good for nothing in purse and person for a month afterwards, done... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Travel back in time this winter season and meet the people who made the micro-region of southern Sonoma County and coastal west Marin the tastiest little place on earth. My new limited edition book Fog Valley Winter — Pioneer Heritage,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Three cheers for the first annual Gingerbread House Competition and Showcase at newly refurbished Hotel Petaluma in the heart of our south county riverfront city's bustling boutique shopping district. I stopped in during my holiday shopping to take a stroll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Plaza Bistro bar manager Trevor Bach of Sonoma made Timo (pictured above) a mean Manhattan during a recent visit to our favorite neighboring wine country town. We were intrigued — and upon further investigation, learned from Trevor that he does,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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California’s premier cheese event, the California Artisan Cheese Festival, is celebrating its 11th year, March 24-26, 2017, in and around the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma. Celebrating 11 years of cheese education and appreciation, this year’s Festival brings together artisan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Southern Sonoma Country Life