Hi! I'm Frances Rivetti, a Northern California-based British/American award winning author and lifestyle journalist with a gripping new, debut novel Big Green Country.

Greetings from the Tastiest Little Place on Earth, the last best place in Northern California wine country! I hope you enjoy my simple go-to-guide to Southern Sonoma County culture — tasty food, books, bubbles, fermentations and brews, art, music, special events, my favorite people and places to visit and stay, not just locally, but around the world. If I love it, I share it. Find my books: "Big Green Country", "Fog Valley Crush" and "Fog Valley Winter" by ordering online on the sidebar of Southern Sonoma Country Life or at Amazon.com. A little bit of background info — I trained as a newspaper reporter in Cambridgeshire, UK before moving to Northern California in my mid-twenties. It was a big leap at the time and I never expected it to be permanent, but here I am after spending more of my life in the States than I did in Britain! My first job in the U.S. was a big part of why I stayed. As press and public relations director for the California Renaissance Pleasure Faires in Southern and Northern Cal, I fell in love with the creativity and passion of the people I worked and played with and I was happy to raise my three sons in this wonderful environment. After making my way back into freelance lifestyle journalism I've written for a variety of wine country publications and online and print news platforms in the UK, Australia and the United States. I made a big move into books when my youngest son was readying for university and I had a little more time on my hands for longer hours at my laptop. I've never looked back and continue to search out stories that are equally as important as they are intriguing.