Michele Parente

Writer

Michele Parente is the Dining, Wine + Lifestyle reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Her areas of expertise include the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, fashion, television, women's issues and coverage of aging, such as the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia and family caregiving. Michele is the former Sunday and features editor, where she oversaw profiles, special projects, such as the Legacy of WWII and in-depth reports on a variety of topics. She joined the U-T in 2003, supervising coverage areas that have included features, fashion, TV, Food, Consumer Health and Arts & Entertainment. Previously, Michele was the assistant features editor at The Oregonian, in Portland, as well as the Portland City Hall reporter. She spent 10 years at New York Newsday as a reporter on the crime, education, state legislature and New York City Hall beats. She was part of a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting. A native New Yorker, Michele received her B.A. in political science and Italian Literature at UC Berkeley. In 1980, she studied at L’Università di Urbino, in Italy. One of her life's goals is to make her way through each of the world's great wine regions.

Recent Articles

  • Why did Baja star chef Javier Plascencia leave Bracero?

    Why did Baja star chef Javier Plascencia leave Bracero?

    Cross-border super chef Javier Plascencia has pulled out of Bracero Cocina de Raíz, the high-profile Little Italy restaurant he opened to much fanfare in 2015. Citing financial pressures from operating in one of San Diego's most fiercely competitive - and expensive - dining neighborhoods, the celebrity...

  • Weekend getaway: Baja's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe

    Weekend getaway: Baja's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe

    Let's put a cork in the cliché that Valle de Guadalupe is "The Next Napa." Baja's booming wine region is what Napa would be if it let down its hair and got a little tipsy. The Valle is just a 90-minute drive southeast of San Diego but a world away. It's where winemakers throw out the rule books...

  • Stay trippin': Getting away without leaving the city

    Stay trippin': Getting away without leaving the city

    When home is paradise, staycations are a dream. Here's a trio of San Diego options to wake up to. The Coast STAY L'Auberge Del Mar. If your rich uncle had an estate in the Hamptons, it might look like this. The ocean-view hotel's beach-cottage-chic decor, intimate fire-pit-warmed spaces and boutique-resort...

  • Gift guide: Something wine lovers will raise a glass for

    Gift guide: Something wine lovers will raise a glass for

    If you've got a wine lover in your life, lucky you! He or she is probably always popping open something special to drink at home or at parties.  But, unlucky you if you're intimidated to buy him or her a bottle of wine. What's if it doesn't pass the wine snob test? Worse, what if they think you're...

  • Ceviche Wednesdays feature hot flavors, guest chefs

    Ceviche Wednesdays feature hot flavors, guest chefs

    Nothing is hotter right now in San Diego's cross-border culinary scene than cool ceviche.  The citrus-spiked seafood dish might not be as ubiquitous as the taco, but it's rightfully having its moment. Ceviche is the star at new eateries such as the sustainability-focused Ceviche House in North...

  • Stars align for San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

    Stars align for San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

    Calling the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival an annual culinary event is like saying Thanksgiving dinner is just a little snack.  The two foodie extravaganzas have a few things in common, actually: there's an overabundance to choose from and you'll probably end up eating and drinking too much. ...

  • The evolution of Brian Malarkey

    The evolution of Brian Malarkey

    Brian Malarkey has been a lot of things: respected seafood technician, "Top Chef" reality TV competitor, overexposed celebrity, restaurant empire builder and restaurant empire downsizer. From 2007 to 2013, Malarkey was San Diego's top dog, the most talked about, sniped about, gossiped about chef...

  • Vegan menu conquers a carnivore

    Vegan menu conquers a carnivore

    Vegetarians have long sought refuge from meat at Italian restaurants, where there is always safety in pizza, pasta and buratta. But for vegans, even Italian food offers few choices - what with the cuisine's reliance on eggs for fresh noodles, cream and butter for many sauces, and cheese for just...

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