Roma to Sonoma

img_8633Thanks for stopping by Roma to Sonoma! I’m Layne Randolph, and I lived in Italy for much of the last decade while I went to school, worked as an attorney for FENDI in Rome, educated lawyers on Fashion Law, and worked as a freelance writer as often as possible.  Now I’m a writer living in Sonoma County, and I’ve supplemented my love of Italy with a newfound love for California.  A travel aficionado, at last count I’ve visited 50 countries and 49 US states, writing travel and lifestyle articles mainly focusing on Italy, food/wine, and travel.  I’ve worked as a ghostwriter, in-house copywriter, celebrity reporter, and contributor to foreign and domestic newspapers and magazines. I’m working on my first historical novel, The Search for Varsalona, based on my search for the true story of a 19th-century Sicilian outlaw. And when I’m not traveling or typing away at my computer, I’m usually being led around California’s wine country by a pazzo 5-pound rescue dog named Rocco, or whenever possible, searching for perfectly heart-shaped rocks at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Disclaimer:  I am freshly in love with northern Sonoma County, so excuse me in advance if I am overly effusive. While I was living abroad, San Francisco and the California wine country were my go-to American vacation spots, and this affinity led to my decision to move here post-Italy.   Every time I visited this area I fell more in love with the extraordinary combination of fantastic climate, laid-back vibe, and world-class wine and cuisine. 

Winding through some of the most breathtaking countryside in California, Sonoma County and Napa Valley offer picture postcard views of vineyards nestled among hills and valleys, tastings of some of the world’s best wines, and a lifestyle punctuated with the ongoing clinking of celebratory glasses.