Ramona Singer likes her pinot grigio. The Real Housewives of New York City castmate has been known to throw back a few glasses during her so-called turtle time on the Bravo show. “I drink every day,’’ admitted Singer, 54.
“I even conceived my daughter over a bottle of Chateau Margaux.’’ So she did what any good businesswoman would do — she made her own. “I put myself through college; I’ve always been entrepreneurial,’’ said Singer, who has her own jewelry line on HSN and is the owner of RMS Fashions. “I was the only housewife that already had an extremely successful career before joining.’’ Singer said she put out a wine partly for the fans, who kept asking what her favorite poison was.
“It’s a wine that can be drunk anytime, anywhere and with anything,’’ said Singer, who contacted Italy’s Opici Wines to produce the $14.99 vino, available at www.thewinebuyer.com. “I learned a lot. There are three notes: the first, the middle, and the end,’’ she explained. “I wanted the end taste to have no bite. Now that’s what everyone says when they try mine. They go, ‘Oh my God, this is delicious.’ This is not the kind of wine you pair with food – you can drink this on its own.’’
You’ll no doubt spot a few bottles lying around when the show boots up again April 7. “It’s gonna be a great season,’’ Singer said. “We all get a little deeper. There are highs and lows, laughing, crying.’’ The ladies even take an exotic trip, a la Sex and the City, to Morocco: “We had a camel ride, we went to the markets, it was amazing.’’
A new woman, spa owner Cindy Barshop, joins the cast because former Housewife Bethany Frankel has her own spinoff, Ever After. Singer is impressed by Frankel’s juggling act but is surprised at how she treats her in-laws. “How could she not embrace her child’s grandparents?’’ she asked. “That was shocking to me.’’ Don’t look for a Ramona show any time soon – she’s too busy being a mom to 16-year-old Avery and running her various businesses. “I’d have a breakdown.’’ To allay stress, Singer allows herself a little tube time to watch the other Housewives – of Miami.
“What I like personally is it makes me want to have summer here quick!’’ she said. “It’s been a rough winter for New York so they make me want to bask in the sun, put on a bikini and lounge around on a boat!’’ With a little pinot grigio, no doubt.
Watch Ramona celebrate her second anniversary on HSN 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.