Esquire's Matt Goulet sat down with the Top Chef host and cookbook author recently, to talk wine and her new partnership with Sterling Vineyards. We're guessing he got a little more than he bargained for. Here's a bit of context for Lakshmi's hilarious comment:
ESQ: You seem as capable as anyone to show men how to drink wine. What do you think about it?
PL: About men drinking wine? I'm in favor of it. I think wine is such a big universe that it's kind of like food -- it's intimidating to a lot of people, myself included. But if you approach it wine by wine, and if you like a wine that you drink, now with your phone, it's so easy. Just take a picture of the label. You learn about it. You learn where it comes from and what the soil is like and why you like it. And that'll lead you to another wine.
ESQ: How do you feel about white wine spritzers?
PL: No. That's a real pussy drink. And I don't mean that in a good way.
ESQ: It doesn't sound like it.
We love Padma's candor, and we hope she hasn't damaged her image with the spritzer-drinking community too much. Although, we have a feeling they are probably not reading Esquire wine articles anyway.
Our other favorite moment from the interview:
ESQ: With wine, it seems like you don't want to sound snooty, but you also can't be completely ignorant.
PL: The great thing about living today is that there is this thing called the Interweb, and you can just look up anything.
Oh, Padma. You can hawk your moderately-priced Cabernets at us anytime you want -- as long as you keep saying stuff like this.