Dan Gross: Ramona Singer of 'Real Housewives of New York City' promotes new wine, Ramona Red

Real Housewife Ramona Singer has a pinot called Ramona Red.
Real Housewife Ramona Singer has a pinot called Ramona Red.
Posted: September 27, 2012

"REAL HOUSEWIVES of New York City" cast member Ramona Singer signs bottles of her new wine, Ramona Red, at Canal's Bottle Stop (10 W. Route 70) in Marlton from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Last year, Singer launched her own line of pinot grigio, which can be found in Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores, which will also carry Ramona Red, priced around $14.99. Of course, Pennsylvania residents would buy them only at state stores and wouldn't dream of traveling to New Jersey to buy alcohol.

Singer, who's been part of almost every big feud on the new season of the Bravo series, says that viewers may not see she's "really a very calm person and I'm not that aggressive."

"There I'm thrown into situations and I am feisty," says Singer, who plans to keep doing the show as long as she is enjoying it. The businesswoman of course knows that it's also a great way to promote her True Faith jewelry and her skin-care products.

The downside? "I can never be incognito. One day I was wearing no makeup, sweats . . . and a woman asked me for a picture. I was sick. I like my down time," she said. "But it is still kind of positive. It's nice for the recognition and admiration."

Jen Carroll pops up in N.Y.

Somerton native chef Jen Carroll will be cooking the last week of October and first week of November at a pop-up "Top Chef Kitchen" restaurant in New York.

Carroll can be seen starting Oct. 3 in Bravo's "Life After Top Chef," which follows the former "Top Chef" finalist and three other former contestants as they try to open their own restaurants.

Schumer aids PBS Penn prof

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., appears in the Oct. 9 episode of PBS' "History Detectives." The show's co-host Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, collects posters of African-Americans in combat. A poster called "Our Colored Heroes," about two black soldiers in World War I who fought on after suffering grenade wounds, intrigued him, and he sought help from Schumer about the validity of the story. The show airs at 8 p.m. and also features a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge used by George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Charitably minded

Shannon Miller, the most decorated Olympic gymnast in history and a recent cancer survivor, is among speakers at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia's 13th annual Celebration for Hope. The free educational conference takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue (4200 City Ave.). For info, call 215-879- 7733 or you can register online at cancersupport-phila.org.

'Oddities' in Kennett Square

Science Channel "Oddities" host Mike Zohn will be at Scout & Annie Vintage Homegoods (125 E. State) in Kennett Square from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct 5 to talk about his show's bizarre, even creepy antiques, in an early Halloween event. It's part of Kennett Square's First Friday Art Strolls.

People Paper people

Congratulations to Daily News reporter Julie Shaw, and husband Jason Schnittker, a sociology professor at Penn, who welcomed a baby girl, Claudia Jane Schnittker, born Sept. 19.

Daily News assistant news editor Karin Berry will teach her course, "Use the Internet to Find Your African-American Ancestors," for Mount Airy Learning Tree starting Saturday. There's still time to register for the class, which runs three consecutive Saturdays from 1:30-3 p.m. and costs $39. Register at mtairylearning tree.org.

Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip.

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