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Alpana Singh

Restaurateur, Master Sommelier, TV Host & Author

Restaurateur, Master Sommelier, TV Host & Author

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Alpana Singh Biography

One of just 269 master sommeliers worldwide, and one of just 28 women to be given the distinction, Alpana Singh became the youngest American woman ever to pass the final level of the master sommelier exam at age 26. Born and raised in Monterey, California, Alpana Singh’s strong work ethic and ease with people of all ages stemmed from a youth spent working in her family’s ethnic grocery store. Later, while waiting tables in college, Singh fell in love with wine and discovered that it united her varied interests in traveling, history and food.

Singh shares her inspiring story of rising from the daughter of Fijian immigrants to becoming a successful entrepreneur and television personality all while navigating a male-dominated profession. She gives groups a glimpse of the back of the house as she teaches them how to taste wines “blind,” purchase bottles like a professional, and pair with meals for any occasion.

At 19, Singh began her path in the business with a job as a wine sales clerk at Nielsen Bros. Market in Carmel, California. By 23, she had landed the sommelier position at the world-renowned Everest Restaurant in Chicago. Just three years later, Singh earned the title Master Sommelier. This distinguished accomplishment, along with her effervescence, experience and energy, was magnetic, and it wasn’t long before Singh found herself in the local spotlight. For ten seasons, she served as the host of the Emmy Award-winning restaurant review television show, Check, Please!, on Chicago’s PBS station and returned in 2018 after a 5-year absence.

In 2006, Singh released Alpana Pours, a unique lifestyles book that shares her social observations of wine, contemporary women and relationships. A humorous and real look at the sometimes absurd interactions between men and women plays out in an entertaining book of tips for hosting and entertaining.

In December 2012, Singh opened The Boarding House, a wine-driven concept in the River North neighborhood. In February of 2015, Singh opened her second restaurant, Seven Lions, on Chicago's iconic Michigan Avenue. In 2016, Alpana opened her third restaurant venture, Terra & Vine, in Evanston, Illinois.

Singh is a member of the Advisory Council for the Illinois Restaurant Association and Choose Chicago where she serves as Treasurer on their Executive Committee. She played a significant role in bringing the James Beard Foundation Awards to the city of Chicago in 2015 and is an avid supporter of Deborah's Place, an organization that assists and empowers women facing homelessness.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/14/2024.

Alpana Singh Speaking Topics

  • Motivation & Determination in Life: How the Daughter of Fiji Immigrants Became the Youngest Woman to Ever Pass the Master Sommelier Exam

  • Turning a Passion for Wine into a Career

  • Pairing Wine with Food

  • The Basics of Wine Tasting: How to Taste Like a Master Sommelier

  • How to Run a Successful Beverage Program: From Purchasing to Developing & Maintaining a Wine Cellar

  • It’s all in the nose.

    Singh’s expertise stems from a highly attuned palette, but she assures audiences that everyone can develop one if they learn to stop fearing wine and just figure out what tastes right. From corporate parties and dinners with corresponding wine tastings personally selected for the event, to course by course “How to Taste Like a Master” interactive sessions, Singh’s presentations are lively, informative, and tastefully fun. Being a unique member of her industry’s elite group of specialists, she also uses anecdotes and personal stories about becoming the first Indian Woman to vault to the status of Master Sommelier. She conducts classes, provides post-event mixers and instructional wine bars for attendees, and creates exceptional experiences that are the ideal pairing of the informative and the entertaining. And everyone walks away with a greater knowledge about not only wine, but about the surprising depth of their personal taste.

Alpana Singh Videos

  • Terroir - Alpana Singh
  • One Chicago Stories - Alpana Singh
  • Global Perspectives: Alpana Singh

Alpana Singh Books

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

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Alpana Singh is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Motivation & Determination in Life: How the Daughter of Fiji Immigrants Became the Youngest Woman to Ever Pass the Master Sommelier Exam, Turning a Passion for Wine into a Career, Pairing Wine with Food, The Basics of Wine Tasting: How to Taste Like a Master Sommelier, How to Run a Successful Beverage Program: From Purchasing to Developing & Maintaining a Wine Cellar and It’s all in the nose.. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alpana Singh for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Alpana Singh generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Aarti Sequeira, Jörn Kleinhans, Stephanie Izard and Erik Segelbaum. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alpana Singh for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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