Years ago, Martini and Rossi hosted me on a trip to Italy that included one evening at the Venice film festival. The roof top bar at the Altira Hotel in Macau reminded me of that terrace with groovy chairs in which couples can lounge head to toe and toe to head like a living Yin and Yang and a view of the city that rivaled any I have seen. Friday nights, the hotel offers a free wine tasting and a bounty of dried fruits and cheeses to enjoy along side, offering a great opportunity to mix with the locals. The night I was there, expats from Australia, Chicago, and Montreal gathered with natives of Macau and mainland China, and I couldn’t help but feeling a bit smug. Like for one evening, we here at least had this globalization all figured out. All it takes is a great Pinot.

jennyb150Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.