Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine and Having Great Relationships

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Alpana Pours is a unique lifestyle book with wine as the centerpiece. Since American women purchase and consume more wine than American men, 77% and 60% respectively, a voice is needed to help women understand that their busy professional and social lifestyles can be well paired with wine. Master Sommelier and successful television host Alpana Singh, twenty-nine, happens to be just the person who can help them do it.

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Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine & Having Great Relationships

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Overview

Alpana Pours is a unique lifestyle book with wine as the centerpiece. Since American women purchase and consume more wine than American men, 77% and 60% respectively, a voice is needed to help women understand that their busy professional and social lifestyles can be well paired with wine. Master Sommelier and successful television host Alpana Singh, twenty-nine, happens to be just the person who can help them do it.

Alpana Singh is uniquely qualified to talk about wine, contemporary women and relationships. At age twenty-six she became the youngest woman to be inducted into the world’s most exclusive sommelier organization, the hundred-and-twenty-member Court of Master Sommeliers. She spent five years as sommelier at a world famous four star restaurant, Everest of Chicago. While there she closely observed the sometimes humorous, sometimes absurd, social interactions between men and woman at all stages of their relationships. Her mental journal of these “social observations” came in handy as she wrote her first book, Alpana Pours.

Alpana Pours reaches readers in playful language they will understand, and in a highly entertaining manner they will enjoy. Women want to know how to select wine when entertaining important clients, pair wine with food they and their partner are preparing together, choose the right wines for hostess gifts, bridal showers, a first meeting with a boyfriend’s parents and what wine to, or not to, order on a first date. Alpana Pours supplies tips on these and a myriad of other topics including “dating” and “dealing with guys.” The book’s gender riff on wine and lifestyle is unique and will definitely grab reader’s attention.

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Choosing wines and pairing wine with food and regional varietals have been covered by other noted wine connoisseurs, and this work doesn't cover new territory in that respect. Singh, a 29-year-old master sommelier and host of a PBS restaurant show, attempts to demystify the process of wine selection from a female perspective, drawing parallels to dating and relationships as well as to proclamations about male and female differences in wine preferences. She wants to shatter the myth that wine selection belongs in the male domain, yet she seems to stereotype women. Basing her youthful observations on her experiences as the director of wine and spirits in a Chicago restaurant, she declares that women like white and men prefer red. Men choose full-bodied, hearty wines, while women want light and fruity. It may be that her observations have some merit, and perhaps some women will recognize themselves in this book, particularly thirtysomething wine novices. A light and entertaining book with limited appeal but recommended for large public libraries.
—Christine Holmes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897335461
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,004,251
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Alpana Singh was host of the #1 Public Television program in Chicago, Check, Please!, which has won two Emmy awards. She has been named Best Sommelier in America by Wine and Spirits Magazine, Jane magazine’s “30 Under 30,” Crain’s “40 Under 40,” Food and Wine Magazine’s “35 Under 35,” “Best Sommelier” Chicago Magazine 2004, and a 2002 James Beard Foundation Nomination for Wine Service. She has also been featured in numerous publications including, Real Simple, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit, Glamour, Newsweek, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Times. Alpana was also featured in the September 2006 issue of Cosmopolitan and the October 2006 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Absolutely Delightful

    Because Alpana Singh is a Master Sommelier, you'd expect this book to be about grapes, vintages and varietals. Instead, it is a delightful read about relating to wine and having fun with it. There is absolutely no wine snobbery here.

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