February 17, 2013

Author Q & A: Go ahead wine

In 'Wine Maniacs,' Layne Witherell pulls 30 years of advice and adventures out of the many hats he's worn in the industry.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Layne Witherell

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• Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 7 p.m. March 7; 772-4045

• Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, noon, May 10; 871-1700

• Graves Memorial Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport, 2 p.m. May 19; 967-2778


Q: You clearly have a disdain for wine bloggers. Are there any that you really like and would recommend to someone who wants to learn about wine?

A: I like Dr. Vino. I like the guy (at) winetelevision.com. He's the guy who has the New York Giants helmet to use as a spit bucket. It's a little TV thing. It's outrageous. But basically, when I get a wine, I'll not look at any of the bloggers. There are more great wines out there right now than there are or ever will be blogger information about wine. These are people who are pretending they're wine experts.

I look up what the winery says about the wine. That's what I like to do for my research. I blow off the bloggers and say, what do you guys tell me? What are you doing? What's your grape? Why do you do what you do? Are you authentic? So I go directly to the source to look up my information.


Q: There's a tired old question that goes, "What would you want as your last meal?" If you only had a day to live, what would you want your last glass of wine to be?

A: Oh, I know. It's real easy. Sushi and probably a glass of the best Champagne on the planet. I think that's the quintessential meal. We go to a pile of sushi places, and we go to them on a frequent basis. That's my passion. I love sushi. I love the way it all works. It's a little glorious meal in one little thing that's this big -- it's the salt, it's the sugar, it's all of that -- and then the Champagne just washes through it. It's an ethereal experience. The acidity of the Champagne cuts through all the soy sauce and the wasabi, so it's the entire meal done in one bite and one sip. That would be my last meal.

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