From Publishers Weekly
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.