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“Alpana Pours” is not like any wine book you’re likely to see on the shelves of your local bookstore. Instead of overwhelming you with arcane facts and vintages, Alpana Singh (TV hostess of Chicago’s “Check Please” restaurant review show on PBS) has written a lifestyle book centered on the subject of feeling comfortable around wine. It seems that for most people, wine can be a little intimidating. Most of us go to a nice restaurant, get handed a wine list, and then proceed to squirm in our seats...
Alpana Singh is a master sommelier and shares her love for wine, wine shopping, wine sipping, and lifestyles around wine. Although it looks like a book just about wine it interestingly focuses on relationships around wine. Wine brings people together and Singh tells stories about people and the wine that was there. I keep this book in my kitchen for easy reading.
Fun, fast read. It would have been on-the-nose-applicable to me stage 24, but as I've shockingly matured a bit since then, I was proud to think to myself, "oh, well of course, I totally know that" when Alpana described some of the finer points of selecting the right reds and wines based on occasion and taste. For example, I'm proudly past my "just run to the grocery store and grab the yellow tail Shiraz for ladies' BYOB night" and I know enough about what I personally like to make educated decis...
This is a good little wine book. I like Alpana on Check please! As I somehow "know" more about wine than pretty much all my friends and family, they usually defer to me to choose in restaurants and the like. What I like most about this book is that it will help those who aren't comfortable selecting wine to see that drinking wine is like enjoying art--nobady can tell you how to do it. You like what you like, and everyone experiences each glass differently. This is a good way for the wine-shy and...
So I was really excited to read this book about wine written by the cool host of Check Please. She is a Master Sommelier and I was really curious about how she came into the field, etc. I was also interested in her advice on wine. Unfortunately, the biographical piece was far too brief for my tastes. The wine advice is the most solid and handy part of the book. The whole thing is set up in very brief sections and it lends itself to reading bit by bit...while commuting, for example. However, I fo...
A lot of information if you are interested in wines. If you are a true beginner, as I am, it may be a little overwhelming. I'm not really very familiar with different types of wines, I tend to stick to a few. But, I think the author is easy to read, the format is understandable, and there is lots of good info. The primary point that I took away is that even though I am a novice when it comes to wines, I can still make informed decisions about wines to choose for parties and dinners to coordinate...
My rating has more to do with 2 things that aren't the fault of the author: that I'm not a woman, to which gender this book is geared; and I have a pretty extensive knowledge of wine, such that a lot of the information was not new to me. I do, however, love Alpana, so I bought it (an autographed copy) and read it anyway.
An accessible, practical guide to wine, with great tips. One of my favorite features is an easy-to-remember chart for pairing food and wine (e.g., when you think chardonnay, think butter, and pair it with any food that you'd put butter on). I also like her party pointers. Need a bottle of something that goes with everyone's entrees at your table? Get a champagne or a sparkler.
Not as fun or as funny as it wants to be, but informative and useful nonetheless. I learned a bit, and the overall insistent message about feeling more comfortable and confident with wine made an impact. The relationship/life advice was less annoying than I expected it to be, but every bit as uncompelling. Still, it's a quick, easy read, and I'm glad I did it.
220-pages of cloying cosmo girl-talk, set in a big font with swirly graphics, with about ten pages of simple wine facts interspersed. yet, those ten pages were news to me, earning this trashy read a second star.
This is a great beginner book about wine. It removes a lot of the intimidation and let's you relate to the wine using familiar terms and examples. Alpana does a decent job keeping you entertained and wanting to learn more.
This is a cute little book about wine. I did get a better understanding of the different types of wine and now feel a bit more confident in trying wine. It's not a deep book, nor does it challenge your mind, but it's an easy book to start with on your wine journey.
Since Alpana is a chicago television personality hosting, Check Please, i had to read this book. Alpana offers great wine advice for any level of wine drinker! She writes with a great sense of humor and her pairings are interesting.
Great book- the author is humble and relatable, which is especially refreshing for a book about wine. Cheesy metaphors and excerpts relating wine and relationships, but more tongue-in-cheek style. Most importantly, I learned a lot about wine!
Wow! This is a fascinating book that is perfect for any wine lover. Whether you understand wine or are wanting to learn more about the juice, this book appeals to the masses in a funny, female-friendly way.
Such an accessible, informal wine guide...very easy read.
I liked this book---light, fun reading, good practical recommendations. I'm giving it as a gift to a fellow female wine-lover.
This book about wine is very interesting. Darryl even picked it up and read it before I could get to it. I got the book from Jill so'll pass it on to Mom next.
A good book about wine, but she gets kind of obnixous. I was actually racing to get finished with it so I didn't have to "listen" to her voice any more. But, I love the show "Check Please".
easy to read, great for someone wanting to get to know about wine.
A fun, informative read about wine.
Aphana is engaging, if not a little man-hating.
She's an Emmy award winning host, a Master Sommelier, and can tell you the perfect wine to get hammered on and buy a pair of stelletos.
not very well written in a very conversational, "girlfriendy" style. basic wine tips with unexciting and uninteresting side stories.
Kinda cutesy - I like her a lot we watch Check Please - not sure it gave me any info I didn't already know.