Philip has had the travel bug for as long as he can remember; but it wasn’t until his semester abroad in Spain during college that he caught the ‘wine flu’. On a student’s budget he tried as many wines as possible on his trip–from 1 Euro boxes of cheap sangria to Gran Reservas from the renowned Rioja region. His desire to learn as much about wine as possible even helped him receive a discretionary scholarship to visit a Spanish University offering world-class wine degree programs. When he came home it was just a matter of time before he would need to be in the wine industry.
After college Philip moved to South Australia: living just miles from the nation’s most prestigious wine producing regions. While there he networked with winemakers, educators and marketers and learned about international wine trade. Through these relationships he developed a true appreciation and understanding of Australian wine far beyond Shiraz.
Returning home and working in sales, Philip actively kept the idea of a wine business alive with Phillip Zucchino. In early 2011 the time had come, and Rubin left his sales career in order to expand his wine knowledge. He currently holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and handles the sales and marketing efforts of The Wine Feed.
Phillip has always been keen on acquiring knowledge through experience. When he caught the wine bug he opted to leave for France in the attempt to learn from the masters. With a little bit of luck and a lot of sweat Phillip spent close to three years learning about wine from some of the most respected Oenologues and winemakers in France. Through these relationships he was able to visit and intern at wineries from Porto to Meursault to the Kamptal.
Since returning to his hometown of Raleigh, Phillip has striven to help others explore wine. His goal in co-founding The Wine Feed is to utilize his direct production experience to help customers cut through the marketing and branding gibberish of wine. Essentially, Phillip is asking you to allow him to learn your taste so he can serve as your personal wine adviser.
Phillip is a holder of a Viticulture & Oenology degree from the Institut Rural de Vayres in France and maintains a close relationship with several French producers. He is a regular wine column contributor in food and wine publications and he enjoys recipe experimentation, making wine at home, and good discourse – whatever the topic.