I’ll Drink to That: Importer Philippe Newlin of Duclot La Vinicole USA

Episode 410 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Philippe Newlin. Philippe is the head of Duclot La Vinicole USA, an importer and distributor of Bordeaux wines to the United States.

Bordeaux wines don't seem to have the dominant presence in the American market that they once did, and Philippe Newlin explains some of the reasons why this may be so within this episode. He describes an American consumer base with changing tastes, an explosion of global competition for every wine drinker's attention, and a Bordeaux scene that was temporarily more focused on developing relations with China than on maintaining them in the States. He also alludes to the middleman problem, with Bordeaux being sold by a shrinking group of wholesalers, each with less incentive to open bottles for potential clientele than would have been in the case in the past. Into this cauldron steps Newlin, who heads up a Bordeaux importer with an eye towards restaurant sales. In many ways, the experiences from Newlin's career that led up to this point have been helpful for what he is up to now- which is to say for changing the contours of a market . There was the broad tasting experience at Wine & Spirits Magazine, the restaurant world contacts he made while working for that magazine, and the knowledge of the behind the scenes imperatives of wine distribution that he gleaned while an employee of the importer Vintus. What Philippe has to say about these experiences is as enlightening as his analysis of the Bordeaux market, and he opens up a door in this interview to a part of the wine business that most consumers hardly ever see.

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I'll Drink to That is the world's most listened-to wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @leviopenswine

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/27/17

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.


A Well-Dressed Sicilian
Buys a vineyard on Mt. Etna.

Wine's Apparent Neglect of Marketing
Yep. What he said.

Jefford on Monday: Northern Lights
Andrew Jefford sings the praises of Crozes Hermitage.

From Burgenland, Captivating Wines for the Whole Meal
David Marcus finds lots to love in Burgenland.

Winegrowers See Total Sustainability in Their Sights
A worthy goal.

How to tap into the best bargains in wine today
Dave McIntyre loves wine on tap.

Age makes fine wine and
The story of Vasse Felix

Saving The Planet, One Substantial Wine Producer At A Time
Big producers making a big impact on production footprints.

Anson: Wines to drink in Corsica - 'Land of legends and magic'
Delightful wines.

Exploring the History of Wine in Morocco
Definitely on the bucket list.

Too many stinkbugs spoil the wine
Nasty flavors.

Pending legislation threatens to close as many as 25 Md. wineries
A shortsighted bill, indeed.

Stand Out Wines from North Canterbury
Elaine Brown writes up her favorites.

Chile - the perils of monoculture
Jancis visits fire-ravaged Chile.

Wines You Can't Find Anywhere Else
When in doubt, go custom.

The art of wine storytelling
A nice article about what moves us.

Can We Taste Terroir?
You bet, says a study from Italy.

Nerello Mascalese - An Alternative Classic?
As good as Burgundy? No. But damn fine.

Tasting the world's rarest wine grape
Blake Gray finds out that rare doesn't mean delicious. But it was interesting.

The Riddler: Champagne and popcorn in Hayes Valley
Esther Mobley examines the phenomenon of women and Champagne.

What's the Big Deal about High-Altitude Wines?
A survey of mountain flavors.

The $20 Challenge
Matt Kramer sends people to Beaujolais and Australia.

Kenwood ranchers argue vineyards better than housing on valley landscape
The eternal battle.

What Price is Luxury Wine? Research Studies Unclear
Defining a taxonomy.

Quick Bites: New winery to taste in Carmel, chanterelles, meatloaf panini and more. – Monterey County Weekly (blog)

Monterey County Weekly (blog)

Quick Bites: New winery to taste in Carmel, chanterelles, meatloaf panini and more.
Monterey County Weekly (blog)
Hoey will also lead a celebratory/introductory tasting-and-talk 4:30-6:30pm Friday, March 17 with new releases, live music and snacks, though the Odonata wines are already in place and ready for tasting (free/wine club members; $10/non-members).

The Feast it Forward plans a ‘new concept’ food and wine retail experience – Napa Valley Register

Napa Valley Register

The Feast it Forward plans a 'new concept' food and wine retail experience
Napa Valley Register
It may not look like much right now, but Feast it Forward co-founder and president Katie Hamilton Shaffer says that when she opens the doors on the project she's creating in a two-story farmhouse, visitors will discover a new concept of a multi-sensory ...