An Interview with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh
A glass of wine at a wedding evokes elegance and sophistication befitting of a momentous occasion. Choosing which types of wines to serve can be a daunting task. We had the chance to talk to Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. Alpana has been the host of Check Please for the past 9 seasons and has appeared on the Today Show and Food Network's Iron Chef America. Most recently, Alpana has opened the doors to her restaurant The Boarding House, one of Chicago’s newest hot spots.
Tip 1: Pairing Wines with Indian foods
White wine with a fruity edge complements the spicier Indian flavor profile. A fruity Sauvignon Blanc, a Riesling, or a Vouvray all have a little more sweetness to them. For red wines, I would recommend a Pinot Noir or a Syrah.
Tip 2: Create a Custom Beverage List
I think it’s great to create a custom cocktail that represents the spirit of the bride and groom. Before making a wine selection, I recommend that the bridal couple do a wine tasting, with those who know their tastes best - the maid of honor, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Select wines that have different connections to the couple. Maybe it’s a wine they enjoyed early on in the relationship, maybe a winery they visited in Napa. Or maybe they have a connection with the label, for instance sailboats on the label that tie into their love of sailing.
Tip 3: Favorite Wines for Spring and Summer
I love the lighter, fresher white wines. I love Rosé for the spring season, because you tend to have a bit of cabin fever during the winter months and you want something fresher and lighter. Light wines also go well with spring produce such as peas, mushrooms or salads.
Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice too, and wines that have fresher acidity to them, more of a lemony flavor. I also enjoy a dry Rosé from the south of France, Spain, or Italy, a pale blush with a lot of freshness to it.
Weddings are stressful, but enjoy the moment. Take a step back and have a glass of wine!