Editor's note: Former Ramona Patch editor Julie Pendray published this on Sonoma Patch today. We thought it would be nice to share it with the town who knew her best for the last two years. Feel free to leave her a comment with winery suggestions or well-wishes.
Today is my first day as Sonoma Patch editor. Thank you to everyone who has so warmly welcomed me as I've settled in here, eating in the local restaurants, trying the local wine and driving through the valley. I thought you'd like to know a bit about me and a bit about Ramona Patch, where I've been editor in San Diego county.
First, I want to acknowledge local editor Alexis Fitts for giving me the "inside scoop" on Sonoma. I'd also like to thank Christian Kallen for holding down the fort at Sonoma Patch until my arrival.
A big welcome to Southern California Patch readers who want to follow Sonoma's world-class wine, art and music. Ramona has a special interest in Sonoma, due to its own budding vineyard and winery community. One great aspect about Patch is the way it connects people, regardless of distance.
I have been with Patch since October 2010, when I was hired to launch Ramona Patch. I have chosen Northern California as my new home. Sight-unseen, I drove to this renowned spot and was awestruck at its beauty as I rolled in on Highway 37. I am originally from New Zealand. I lived in San Diego county for 30 years. To read my Patch bio, .
I look forward to getting to know you all in Sonoma. Due to the friendly environment—one local told me it's like being on permanent vacation here—it feels very much like home already.
To reach me with news tips, email firstname.lastname@example.org .