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Ramona to Sonoma—the new Sonoma Patch Editor Arrives

Julie Pendray transfers from Patch in San Diego county to find that the two towns have some aspects in common.

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 julie.pendray@patch.com .

greg Chick July 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You will miss the fine Ramona Wines, but not to worry, I hear they grow sone good Wines there too. How many Californians does it take to enjoy touring Wine Country? not enough, let's go, cheers! Oh my latest venture is helping start a Brewery in Mission Valley, "The Salty Dog Brewery" Where the old Firehouse Brewery was. AAARRRRGGG, is our first brew, Logo will have a one patcheyed Sailor ! The Beer will be brewed from Salt water from the ocean, and the Brewery will double as a training facility in Water Treatment. AAARRGG, Greg Chick, the One patch-eyed, Plumber.
San Vicente Golf Resort July 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM
So happy for you Julie. Your are greatly missed here. Thank you for everything you did for reporting all the great things going on. We look forward to hearing more about Sonoma and it's similarities to Ramona. Janice Baldridge, Marketing Coordinator for San Vicente Resort at San Diego Country Estates
Jolinda July 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You helped greatly Julie in making Ramona "feel" like the warm, friendly caring little town that it truly is! You helped us to associate with our true "town identity" and your warmth and caring will be truly missed! Enjoy Sonoma...they are lucky to have you!
Eagles Nest Winery July 23, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Julie: Best of success in Sonoma! Thank you for helping spread the word on Ramona and San Diego County wineries! Enjoy Sonoma County it's a beautiful place. Julie & Dennis Grimes, Eagles Nest Winery & Cottage

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