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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897335465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897335461
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the youngest woman to be a member of the exclusive Court of Master Sommeliers, Singh brings her extensive knowledge of wine to a new generation of wine drinking women. Singh's quirky writing makes reading about the correct wine and food pairing more fun than it should be, with titles like, "Wine Tasting Your Way to Mr. Right," "Shoes You Never Wear and Wine You Never Drink," and "White Flight," about men's avoidance of white wines. "From the Alpana Files," periodically interrupts the shop talk and traces Singh's personal history of her love of wine, including how she broke her career decision to her very surprised mother (she expected Singh to pursue medicine). The book features a detailed list of exemplary wine regions, suggestions for entertaining with wine and a very useful guide to finding good cheap wines. One of the more invaluable tools Singh includes is a key deciphering restaurant wine lists. Singh blends wine culture with everyday life, while still illuminating the mysteries and myths of wine. The author's friendly tone welcomes readers who don't know their pinot noir from their peanut butter.
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About 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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It is a total page-turner...can't put it down.
Erica L.
I keep it handy and look up things anytime I get stumped in my exploration of the next great bottle of wine.
Nothing But the Best
This was the most readable and enjoyable book on wine.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By accidental gourmet on October 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I know a thing or two about wine although I don't have wine fetish. This was the most readable and enjoyable book on wine. Many other books I've looked at made my eyes glaze over with the over-detailed, dry, technical explanations. This book was a revelation. I read it cover to cover in two nights flat. It is knowlegeable and provides practical advice. It is unpretentious, sassy, and doesn't assume prior knowlege, and it's fun! (What other wine book would give you a Master Sommelier's advice for pairing wine with potato chips or Pecans and Pralines Hagen Das?) It was a fun read, and I'm keeping it as a reference. The sub title of "about being a woman" is unfortunate because I think a lot of men would benefit from the advice given in the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Seagraves VINE VOICE on May 21, 2007
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I've read three books on wine, and this is by far my favorite. Even though it is primarily geared toward women (and I'm all man, baby), male wine novices will also enjoy it, because the overriding theme is that wine does not have to be complicated - it only has to be fun and enjoyable. The prose is written in a lighthearted style that makes reading it a breeze. ALPANA POURS is educational without going too deeply into wine esoterics that only confuse most aspiring oenophiles. I will admit that some chapters - such as when Ms. Singh selects a wine for each zodiac sign - are a little airy, but all in all, this was a fun and informative read. Oh, and by the way - the wine chosen for my zodiac (Syrah) turned out to be a new favorite!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on February 22, 2007
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I agree with one of the other reviewers about the poor writing style. I really wanted to like this book, because I enjoy watching Alpana on Check Please, and admire how far she's made it in the wine world. But, a lot of the writing is pretty flippant, and while I think it's meant to be written for women, some of the stuff written about women is somewhat offensive. She does seem to think that many women are completely ignorant about wine and that we're depending on our all-knowing men to rescue us in restaurants, etc. In my own personal experience, I've found things to be quite the opposite. My girlfriends and I take the time to learn about wine, while our male counterparts couldn't care less. While I find some of the information in this book to be helpful in learning about wine, there's too much emphasis on gender stereotypes, and the writing can be grating at times.
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By Ed on February 6, 2007
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The book is filled with humor and interesting stories as well as an excellent resource to help you make wine selections. it's not at all dry.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin M. Rooks on June 28, 2007
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Yes, the writing style is a tad simple and breezy and yes, it's kind of a "chick book", but what I found fascinating was someone who is clearly passionate and near brilliant about wine (think how much she learned and how rapidly) sharing her conceptual schema of how to categorize and think of wines. The knowledge and memory skills inherent in becoming a master sommelier amaze me. Here you see how she learns and thinks of wine with absolutely zero pretense. Sure, I skimmed the ideas on bingeing wines, etc.; but the overall delivery was, IMO, outstanding.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Indian Reader on February 21, 2007
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I got this book as a gift because it was recommended by NPR, but their recommendation was off this time. This book is chock-full of interesting information, but the writing style is HORRIBLE - think airheaded Rachel Ray - and that gets in the way of the information. Alpana thinks her readers are shallow idiotic females and spends a lot of the book talking down to them. There are a lot of "tidbits" that are just..well, vapid. For, example, take the following subtitles: "Ordering Wine in a Restaurant is Snap-City!"...worse: ""From the Alpana Files: What Wines Go Well with Bingeing?" (because of course women should be drinking while bingeing)...worse: "From the Alpana Files: Wine-a-romatherapy"...worse: "Wine Marketers Want Us Real Bad!" (note the bad grammar)...even worse: "Wine is the New Cosmo"...and one of the worst: "Shiraz: the Girls-Just-Like-Me Wine". If you are really looking to learn about wine, I wouldn't recommend this book. The author thinks this writing style is "chatty", but it's really more condescending than anything.
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