ALPANA SINGH

MASTER SOMMELIER, TELEVISION PERSONALITY & ENTREPRENEUR

  • First South Asian and youngest female to become a Master Sommelier, a title awarded to only 274 people worldwide and one of only 27 women

  • Host of the three-time Emmy Award-winning restaurant review TV show, Check, Please!

  • Has received several awards, including the “Sommelier of the Year” Wine Star Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine

  • Lively, fun, and informative presentation that gives audiences a taste of life as a sommelier

She is a pro! Alpana is spectacular. She has such a presence about her - she was perfect! It was like she belonged to our organization.
— Cancer Treatment Centers of America
 

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Wine tells the story of persons, places and things ever so easily. Alpana will take you on a journey to connect whatever message you are looking to convey – whether it’s wines made by women, selections that celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship or bottles that highlight global diversity, Alpana will customize a tasting or dinner to really personalize and bring home the theme of your event.

Alpana Pours. Alpana Singh’s road to the top of her field was a whirlwind. Born to Indian parents who moved to California from the Fiji Islands, she discovered the art of wine while working as a hostess and found that it combined her varied interests of geography, history, and food. She achieved her goal of becoming a Master Sommelier (there are only 274 Master Sommeliers worldwide) at the tender age of 26. She conducts a series of discussions about the life of wine, its cultural importance, and how anyone can become an expert.

Secrets of a Master Sommelier Go behind the scenes and learn how to taste wines “blind” like a Master Sommelier. With this entertaining crash course, you’ll learn quick and easy tips to improve your everyday wine enjoyment by learning how to taste and describe wines like pro, purchase wines for your cellar and learn how to pair wines for any feast or occasion. 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.

The American Dream Alpana shares her story of how she overcame her modest and humble beginnings as the daughter of Fijian immigrant parents to becoming a successful restaurateur, Master Sommelier and Television personality. The valuable lessons she learned from the immigrant experience that helped her develop the grit, determination, and tenacity to achieve her high level of success.  She shares stories of her childhood, navigating the expectations of her parents to become a doctor with wanting to pursue her passion for wine and why diversity and her role on television today is so important.

Crushing the Glass Ceiling Alpana shares her motivating and inspiring story of going from the daughter of Fijian immigrants to becoming an successful entrepreneur and the youngest woman to pass the Master Sommelier exam and being just one of 27 women to ever do so. She shares her wit and wisdom of how she overcame adversities and navigated a male dominated profession and also went on to have a successful television career and own three restaurants. She inspires women to show up in the ring and the importance of knowing that we are worthy and that we are enough.

Interactive Team Building Exercises Group tastings are a fun and dynamic team building exercise. Alpana will start the group off with a brief tasting lesson then participants will be divided into groups and then they will put their new skills to the test by tasting wines blind. The team who correctly names the grape and provenance of the most number of wines wins.


She was exceptional and terrific!
— Women in Cable Television

PAST CLIENTS INCLUDE

Merrill Lynch
Kirkland and Ellis LLP
PNC Bank
Google
Fifth Third Bank
Choice Hotels
American Express
Illinois CPA Society
American Airlines
American Council of Life Insurers
Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Young Presidents’ Organization