Dan Gross: 'Real Housewife' Ramona's a wine seller

Posted: December 05, 2011

ANY "REAL HOUSEWIVES of New York" viewer could tell you that Ramona Singer loves her pinot grigio.

Now she's launched her own line of the white wine and will sign bottles of Ramona Pinot Grigio della Venezie from 4 to 6 this evening at the Wine & Spirits Store at the Berkshire Mall West, in Wyomissing, Berks County.

"Pennyslvania is a difficult state to get into. It's a real honor to be chosen," Singer said about her line. She said that she started her own brand because "people reached out to me asking for recommendations of pinot grigio, 'What kind should I buy?' "

"I always changed every three months, so I wanted to make one that I loved," she said.

Singer is one of three "Housewives" who Bravo kept on for the next season. Ramona, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan remain, while the rest of the cast was not renewed, including Ramona's friend-turned-enemy, Jill Zarin.

"I really don't know the reasons as to why they recast it," Singer says. "I personally think that after the reunion, the fans were outraged with a lot of the negativity, so they decided to recast." As for how she is perceived on the show: "I always say it like it is. I own what I do."

On her falling-out with Zarin, Singer said: "I truly was appalled by Jill's attitude toward me. I felt like she used me as her whipping boy. I think Jill is very insecure. She's still that little girl in high school who was overweight and not liked and not invited to the party." She then added, "I'm the young girl who used to hide under the covers because I used to hear my father hitting my mother."

Singer, who said that she only sporadically watches the other "Housewives" cities, is still friends with Alex McCord, also one of the castoff "Housewives."

"The show's been great for me," Singer said. "I am a businesswoman first and foremost," Singer said. In addition to her True Faith jewelry line, Singer has a special collection for the Home Shopping Network.

OUT AND ABOUT * Actor Chris Noth stopped by the Ego Lounge inside the Taj Mahal Saturday night to check out the "Almost Angels" burlesque show. Noth, of "The Good Wife," is still the object of affection of "Sex and the City" fans. Mr. Big told lead performer Gina C. that he was opening a club in New York and may want the Almost Angels to perform there. * Ed Rendell was met Saturday night with chants of "Eddie for Prez" from the bar at CH7 (8201 Germantown), in Chestnut Hill, where the ex-guv had dinner. * Councilman Bill Green, incoming Councilman Mark Squilla, and state Rep. Tony Payton were among guests at the Cashman and Associates holiday party Thursday at the Chestnut Club at Arcadia (1529 Chestnut). Also attending the P.R. and special-events firm's bash were: CBS 3's Lesley Van Arsdall and husband, Mike Joson; NBC 10's Aditi Roy, Justin Pizzi and Dave Warren with wife, Allison Frick, of Keller Williams Real Estate; Fox 29's Mike Jerrick and John Bolaris; and 6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli and Ali Gorman. Also, 97.5 the Fanatic's Mike Missanelli and pastry chef Monica Glass, whom friends congratulated on leaving 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton to take over desserts at Fish (1708 Lombard). * Chef Georges Perrier and a party of 20 celebrated a birthday at Sbraga (Broad & Lombard), the new spot by Willingboro native "Top Chef" winner Kevin Sbraga.

CHARITABLY MINDED * Daily News sports writers Ed Barkowitz and Mike Kern are guest bartending starting at 7 Thursday night at the Shamrock Pub (2nd & Reed) in a Toys For Tots fundraiser. Bring a toy or make a donation and get your first drink for free. Barkowitz and Kern, whose tips go to Toys for Tots, will have trivia questions and other fun stuff. * "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll, who teaches at Philadelphia University, will be among judges at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Ugly Sweater Party Dec. 17 at the City Tap House (3925 Walnut). The charity's Young Professionals Committee is behind the event at which everyone is supposed to show up in an ugly sweater. Tix are $40. For info, call Jessica McGarvey at 215-662-0105 or email JMcGarvey@ publichouseusa.com. * Attorneys Erin Elmore amd Leeza Garber host a benefit for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Thursday at Table 31 at the Comcast Center. The 6-8 p.m. event features drink specials, which aid PAWS.

Jersey's new cigar bar

Actor/"Survivor" alum Gervase Peterson is one of the partners behind Burnz Cigar Vault and Lounge (239 N. White Horse Pike) which just opened in Lawnside, N.J. The lounge is open to the public and also features locker service for members.

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