Supreme Winelover

I knew I liked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when I found out that her nickname is “Notorious RBG.”…

Question Time

Dear PR professionals of the world, Been getting a lot of requests for questions in advance lately. Which … really?…

Pompeii Epiphany

Visiting Pompeii changed my life. Truly. I was standing outside the remains of a once-gracious Roman villa, surrounded by the…

TRAVEL

How to Deal with Travel Stress

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I’ve got a trip coming up next week, visiting the Italian wine region of Umbria that includes a gala dinner for Montefalco producers and I spent a good part of my day trying to come up with dignified excuses for backing out at the last minute. Why, you ask? Well, in preparation for said trip,…

Pompeii Epiphany

Plaster cast of a Pompeii man overtaken by the lava.

Visiting Pompeii changed my life. Truly. I was standing outside the remains of a once-gracious Roman villa, surrounded by the frayed trappings of the city famously frozen in time, when it hit me. “We have got to redo the bathrooms.” Because, friends, that 2,000-year-old house, the one that had been rocked by earthquake around AD62…

Naked and afraid … in an Austrian sauna

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Let’s go to the sauna, she said. It’ll be fun, she said. No swimsuit? No problem! Austrian sauna etiquette is you go in starkers.It’s healthy! So there I was, standing outside the door of the sauna sans attire and clutching a not very capacious towel around my somewhat capacious person. And that’s when I saw…

George & Amal & me

George Clooney waves to the crowds outside Venice City Hall. /Photo by Michelle Locke

Somehow, my invite to the wedding(s) of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got lost in the mail. Luckily, I didn’t let a little thing like that stop me from showing up. As it turned out, I was too hungovbusy to attend the Saturday event, an informal ceremony followed by a hohum party featuring Clooney chums…

FOOD & DRINK

Supreme Winelover

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I knew I liked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when I found out that her nickname is “Notorious RBG.” But her latest revelation — specifically, the reason she was taking a wee snooze during the recent State of the Union address — has me in full fan-girl mode. “The audience for the most part…

CHOCOPALYPSE!!

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Note to self: Keep calm and carry on … a really big carry-on the next time we pop over to Merry Olde England. Why? Because this: As a result of a settlement with the Hershey’s Company, Let’s Buy British Imports, or L.B.B., agreed this week to stop importing all Cadbury’s chocolate made overseas. The company…

Police Pinpoint Purloined Pinot

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The Napa Valley Register reports that investigators have found most of the wine stolen from The French Laundry Christmas Day. It turned up in Greensboro, North Carolina, according to Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike. About $300,000 worth of high-end wine was stolen from the equally high-end French Laundry restaurant in Yountville in the Napa…

Does drinking white wine make ladies crazy? (No. No, it does not.)

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Can drinking Riesling make ladies lose their reason? The British newspaper the Daily Mail seems to think so, running this recent article in which consumers and experts weighed in on the mysteriously maddening powers of white wine. (Would this be a case of the Chablis Crazies? Chardonnay Shenanigans?) I’m going to cut to the chase…

Talking on Air

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It’s probably bad that the intro to my first (possibly last?) appearance on talk radio begins with a reference to the fact that I bet host Judd Finkelstein I wouldn’t get through the hour without swearing. Right? Yeah, I thought so. I was quite nervous about the whole thing because along with the issue of…