2013 has already been a big year for Alpana Singh.
Singh is now master sommelier and proprietor of The Boarding House, a wine bar and restaurant in River North.
The Chicago Tribune recently gave it a two-star review.
But before all that, she was a 25 year old, still fairly new to Chicago, working as a sommelier at the high-end restaurant Everest.
But 25 wasn't the easiest year for her, and it certainly wasn't her favorite.
When she wasn't serving wine at Everest, she was cramming for the master sommelier exam. And as she told WBEZ producer Lauren Chooljian, that was quite a task.
Lauren recently sat down with Alpana outside the loud, lively kitchen of The Boarding House.