Alpana Singh’s road to the top of her field was a whirlwind so it’s no surprise she is highly sought after as a dynamic and engaging speaker with a fascinating story to tell. As the daughter of Fijian-Indian immigrants she beat the odds and achieved her goal of becoming a Master Sommelier (there are only 274 Master Sommeliers worldwide) at the tender age of 26, the youngest woman and the only South Asian in the world ever to do so. She conducts a series of discussions about the life of wine, its cultural importance, and how anyone can become an expert. 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, keynote or dinner to really personalize and bring home the theme of your event.
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 a 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.
THEMED WINE DINNERS & NETWORKING EVENTS
Need to liven up a client appreciation dinner or your next corporate dinner meeting? Or maybe you’re celebrating a big birthday or special occasion? Alpana can work with the restaurant or venue of your choice to create a dynamic and interactive paired wine dinner that your guests will remember for years to come. Reception-styled events also available where your guests can mingle, network, taste and learn.
CUSTOM WINE TASTINGS & MORE
Alpana Singh has over twenty years experience teaching wine classes and conducting wine tastings. She is known for her fun yet informative style that makes learning about wine entertaining and approachable. She can customize an event to suit almost any goal or need. Just ask!
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