Michele Parente


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

  • Pala spa rated among the best

    Pala spa rated among the best

      The spa at Pala Casino Spa & Resort has been named the third best in North America by one of the leading travel and wellness websites in the country.   In its recently released survey, Spas of America also ranked the Pala spa No. 1 in California and No. 1 out of all U.S. casinos. Bill Bembenek,...

  • Eclipse founder wins Food Network chocolate battle

    Life is already pretty sweet for Eclipse Chocolate founder and chef Will Gustwiller. But now he's tasting victory after winning a special chocolate episode of Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games." The victory, which earned Gustwiller a $16,000 prize, will be celebrated at the South Park chocolate...

  • Two tops: Where to eat when three's a crowd

    Two tops: Where to eat when three's a crowd

    Couples looking for a culinary affair this Valentine's Day can snag a reservation at one of San Diego's most romantic restaurants and become those people. You know, those people seated at the most romantic table in the house, lost in their own little world, locked in each other's eyes, utterly infatuated/in...

  • Golden Door, Eclipse Chocolate on national radar

    Golden Door, Eclipse Chocolate on national radar

    The premium San Diego brands  Golden Door and Eclipse Chocolate are boosting their national profiles thanks to two of the most influential culinary and lifestyle outlets in the country. Golden Door, the exclusive Escondido destination spa, has teamed up with retail powerhouse HSN, formerly known...

  • Craft coffee scene is buzzing

    Craft coffee scene is buzzing

    In Seattle, they duck into coffee bars to escape the rain. In Chicago, they seek out coffee houses to beat the oppressive cold/wind/heat/humidity (fill in the blank). And here in (mostly) sunny, laid back San Diego? Well, this java joint is jumpin'.  Every day, scores of independent specialty coffee...

  • Two words: George's + mezcal

    Two words: George's + mezcal

    Here's a sure-fire way to battle the winter blahs: George's Level2, the newly refashioned bar at George's at the Cove, will host the latest in its monthly Craft at the Cove cocktail series on Monday night. Level2's Stephen Kurpinsky will welcome fellow mixologist Carlos Ochoa - a brand ambassador...

  • On the menu at UTC: hip upscale dining

    On the menu at UTC: hip upscale dining

    Move over Little Italy , Westfield UTC is emerging as San Diego's next "It" dining destination. Retro-hip Great Maple, upscale-healthy True Food Kitchen and celebrated global dumpling house Din Tai Fung are among the new restaurants opening at the mall this fall as part of its $585 million expansion....

  • New York Times: Tijuana No. 8 top place to visit in 2017

    New York Times: Tijuana No. 8 top place to visit in 2017

    Tijuana's vibrant culinary, arts and craft beer culture has landed the city on the New York Times' list of the 52 Places to Go in 2017. Tijuana ranked No. 8, right after Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and before Detroit, which it called "a comeback city set to make good on its promise."...