Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #MasterSommelier Alpana Singh

2/29 Master Sommelier Alpana Singh


@demilove (Douglas Trapasso): @keepercoll – Chicago wine fans: let’s all represent for our friend @alpanasingh at #Sommchat – 11 am central!

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): You’ve got questions– @alpanasingh’s got the answers. She’s in the #SommChat #hotseat at 11 AM CST Post Q’s here:

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): Good morning tweeps! I’m doing a Q & A with @keepercoll from 11-12 today. Expect heavy traffic on my feed. Join in with questions #Sommchat

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): #SommChat with featured guest @alpanasingh will start in 13 minutes! #ChiWineTrade

@VinoMike (VinoMike): It’s time for #SommChat with Master Sommelier @AlpanaSingh ! If you’re reading this tweet, join in on the fun!!

@Sassodoro (Sassodoro): @keepercoll @alpanasingh Hi, guys! Ready for #SommChat !

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @alpanasingh WOW #mastersommelier at age 26!!!! What’s your secret to such early success? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @keepercoll good mentors, strong base of fellow candidates, family members & employer supporting your goals. #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso ): @keepercoll – Good morning all! So glad to see Chicago represented today on #SommChat – hello @alpanasingh !

@CaravelleChamp (Rita Jammet): hi! how much fun R u having composing the list 4 ur new resto? any hints? RT @alpanasingh: “@CaravelleChamp – thx 4 joining us!” #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @CaravelleChamp just about to begin the process. Already have ideas to work with purveyors to bring in unique wines to share #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): .@demilove great to have you join us as well #SommChat

@SpoonMeForkMe (R.J.): I’m going to #SommChat from the lovely shores of lake Michigan.

@drooln (Nathan Yap): Looking forward to today’s #SommChat

@danielsouder (Daniel Souder): @alpanasingh Taking the Cert. Exam in April in Cincy. What’s the 1 area to focus on most?? Other than tasting. Thanks!! #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @danielsouder work on service: wine pairings, tray service, decanting & sparkling wine service #SommChat

@jontabak (Jonathan Tabak): Q. @alpanasingh What’s your opinion of Israeli wine? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @jontabak visited Israeli wine regions last year. Very impressed with diversity and style, kosher does not equal sweet #SommChat

@StevieStacionis (StevieStacionis): @keepercoll @alpanasingh What keeps you excited about wine and your work with it? What are you into lately? #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso ): @keepercoll – So many stars of wine world started so young (like age 9!), how can older guy like me get a toehold into the biz? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @demilove younger stars may get more press but never too late to follow your passions. Study & taste, retail good way to start #SommChat

@StephanieMiskew (Stephanie Miskew): Great advice! RT @alpanasingh: A Never too late to follow your passions. Study, taste, retail good way to start #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): Very happy to see @alpanasingh featured on #SommChat with @keepercoll at #SommChat. Don’t miss it!

@SpoonMeForkMe (R.J.): @alpanasingh it’s been my experience that the “hipster” kids are drinking wine more frequently…any varietals you see trending #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @SpoonMeForkMe perhaps not specific varietals, certain styles always in fashion: high acid, minerality, boutique, sense of place #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): @Wines_com @StevieStacionis @awanderwino @jontabak We can’t get enough of #WW. Love having y’all here! #SommChat

@alawine (Ken #wine): .@alpanasingh any favorite wines from your San Francisco visit? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @alawine Albarino from Abrente was interesting, many CA wines we don’t receive in Chicago, especially unique varietals #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @alpanasingh @keepercoll What’s the timeline on the new place & what details can you share? You know I’ll be one of the first in! #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @ENOontheMagMile TY! In the process of confirming chef. Will be doing classic American cuisine w/updated twists. Summer opening. #SommChat

@donajilira (Donaji Lira): @keepercoll, @alpanasingh, Q: Most important piece of advice to female somms getting started? P.S., congrats on your success!” #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @donajilira Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards & in heels. Find good mentors, study, taste #SommChat

@drooln (Nathan Yap): Q. @alpanasingh when compiling a new wine list, what is your focus? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A @drooin seasonality, menu, product availability & balance of list #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @alpanasingh Q: akin to @spoonmeforkme “varietals you see trending” are you seeing a general will to explore novelty & variety? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @VTwinemedia Balkan wines are huge trend, sommeliers are always looking to push envelope on interesting but classics good too #SommChat

@TheGoodLife_Mia (TheGoodLife-Miam): @alpanasingh being in the progressive city of Chicago, are there any specific wine trends there that stand out to you? #SommChat @keepercoll

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @GoodLife_Mia keg wines, local wines (lllinois, Michigan), Txacoli, Slovenia, Croatia #SommChat

@TheGoodLife_Mia (TheGoodLife-Miam): Interesting…there a lot of croatians in chicago???? RT @Sassodoro wine trends in Chicago RT @alpanasingh: @TheGoodLife_Mia #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @TheGoodLife_Mia Yes! Chicago has a big Balkan community #SommChat

@vtwinemedia (Todd Trzaskos): @alpanasingh agreed about the Balkans! Just had Movia’s sparkling pinot noir Monday. #SommChat

@lisaiscooking (lisa lawless): @keepercoll @alpanasingh Will The Boarding House focus on wines from any particular region? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @lisaiscooking no, Boarding House will feature a global list, I love all my children #SommChat

@amberdemure (amberdemure): @alpanasingh what’s the best pairing you’ve ever tasted? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @amberdemure Weinbach Ste. Catherine Pinot Gris with roasted beet salad & foie gras #divine #SommChat

@matthewjschmitz (Matt Schmitz): @alpanasingh Best food/wine pairing to be consumed in conjunction with an EddieMurphy-’80s-movie marathon? #SommChat

@jsalcito (Jordan Salcito): .@alpanasingh what wine have you tried lately that most excites you? @keepercoll #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @jsalcito always surprised to revisit classics that don’t change or bend to pressure, go to their own beat #SommChat

@VinoMike (VinoMike): #SommChat @alpanasingh Q.What is your philosophy on price-points for a restaurant’s wine list? Do you believe in lower mark-ups?

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @VinoMike I like lower on higher end wines $50 +, sell $40 wholesale wine for $90 as opposed to $120, more ppl can try #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @alpanasingh best #chicago #wine bar for next visit? Any new fav. restos? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @mattreiser @VeraChicago RM Champagne (opening soon) & Telegraph are must visits #SommChat

@mattreiser (Matt Reiser): @alpanasingh TY I am somewhat of a Champagne whore..just ask @CaravelleChamp or @peterwasserman or @keepercoll #SommChat

@demilove (Douglas Trapasso ): @keepercoll – Monday did blind tasting w/ some real pros but got so many wines wrong! I’m a little discouraged I can learn this! #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @alpanasingh, Who were some of your mentors? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @scottota @Oinospell Madeline Triffon, William Sherer, Fred Dame, Tim Gaiser #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): “@alpanasingh: A. @scottota @Oinospell Madeline Triffon, William Sherer, Fred Dame, Tim Gaiser #SommChat” Great company.

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@alpanasingh What is your favorite undiscovered wine? #SommChat #WW

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @MattMcGinnis Riesling — familiar to most wine folks but would love to get general public more on board #SommChat

@jsalcito (Jordan Salcito): .@alpanasingh @jontabak any favorite Israeli producers? And what else r they doing well besides Cabernet? cc @keepercoll #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @jsalcito Flam, Tzora, Adir, Pelter, Tulip and Margalit, mind-bending Syrah, Carignane & believe it or not – Pinotage #SommChat

@SylvieGervais (Sylvie Gervais DWS): @alpanasingh @keepercoll Presenting Movia Lunar from Slovenia in my next wine dinner. Cool wine! #SommChat

@matthewjschmitz (Matt Schmitz): @alpanasingh Perfect wine to drink on one’s balcony on sunny 60-degree day in February in Chicago? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @Matthewjschmitz Easy — rose, rose & more rose #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): @alpanasingh, what’s the best piece of advice that a fellow MS has given? #SommChat #WW

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @scottota effort that you put in getting there < rewards on the other side, do it for yourself, it’s about the journey #SommChat

@scottota (Scott Ota): “@alpanasingh: A. @scottota effort that you put in getting there > rewards on the other side … it’s about the journey #SommChat” Amen.

@drewhendricksms (Drew Hendricks): .@alpanasingh who are your California favorites? #classics #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @drewhendricksms Heitz, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Joseph Swan, Corison, Karl Lawrence, Littorai, Groth, Shafer #SommChat

@MattMcGinnis (Matt McGinnis): .@alpanasingh what Croatian wine varietals do you enjoy? I’ve tried several. In general the reds are appealing than the whites #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @MattMcGinnis for Croatian whites I like Malvasia, Muskat, Suav Blanc #SommChat

@JRHisaw (Jason Hisaw): @alpanasingh Excited to try out your new spot when I get back home to Chicago!! #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @JRHisaw Congratulations on all your success. You make me and Chicago proud! #SommChat

@JRHisaw (Jason Hisaw): @alpanasingh Thank you! It was you and Joho that got me started! Forever grateful! #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @alpanasingh Early experience with #wine- what got you interested in the first place? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @keepercoll combines all of my passions: history, food, traveling, culture, sharing stories, hospitality #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @alpanasingh Tell us more about your Chicago-based food show, Check Please! #WineWednesday #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @keepercoll 3 every day Chicagoans recommend a restaurant, they all switch & come back on the show to discuss their experience #SommChat

@VinoMike (VinoMike): #SommChat : MS’s on twitter= great resource! Here’s a big chunk of em’ –> @vinomike/mastersommeliers

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. @alpanasingh What is your current favorite #food and #wine pairings? #WineWednesday #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @keepercoll Blaufrankisch and BBQ ribs & smoked brisket. Summer is around the corner #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Q. Some of you fav #Champagnes??? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @keepercoll Fav Champagnes include: Pierre Peters, Salon, Margaine, Egly-Ouriet — basically anything bubbly from Thiesse #SommChat

@wineguy06 (Lawrence Lee): Great #SommChat with @keepercoll & @alpanasingh THANKS!! #wine #ww

@VinoMike (VinoMike): Q. @alpanasingh Are guests relaxed these days when their high-end wine comes to the table and the Somm/Server unscrews the cap? #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @VinoMike I would say yes but also important to arm your staff with proper answer as to why wine is in screw cap #SommChat

@ENOontheMagMile (ENO): @alpanasingh @keepercoll You definitely represent Chicago well! Thanks for taking the time. Always great to talk to you! #SommChat

@alpanasingh (Alpana Singh): A. @ENOontheMagMile @keepercoll thank you! It’s been a blast answering your questions but I’m always here if you have more #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Time to wrap up! Hope you enjoyed this hour of #wine chat with MS Alpana Singh @alpanasingh #WineWednesday #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): It was great to have Alpana join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WineWednesday

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Please join us in thanking Alpana for her time #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): If any1 missed some of the chat today, remember we’ll post an archive soon to for you to review later #SommChat

@keepercoll (Keeper Collection): Mark ur calendar! #Sommchat Wed 3/07 at 11 AM CST @cathycorison will be our featured guest to answer your questions! #CantMiss