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Oxford Wine Company announces new hires

Published:  04 April, 2019

The Oxford Wine Company has appointed Nancy Gilchrist MW as head of sales to the Oxford University Colleges, as well as consulting on its wine list.

Gilchrist graduated in geography from Cambridge and worked in publishing before deciding she would rather apply the knowledge gained during her degree to the wine trade.

After running the Carlton wine bar near the White House in Washington DC and two years of writing the wine column for The Boston Globe she returned to the UK and became head of the Grants of St James School of Wine.

She ran the Christie’s Wine Course after Michael Broadbent MW and Steven Spurrier retired, and launched the new Academie du Vin at 67 Pall Mall last year. She became UK Champagne Ambassador for 2013, is UK ambassador for Alto Adige and also for Trentodoc and regularly visits the vineyards of South Africa.

She also teaches at Leith’s School of Food & Wine where she devised the essential module of Food & Wine Combinations. This is an area of expertise she hopes to be able to use to good effect in her new role as wine consultant to The Oxford Wine Company.

Meanwhile, Parissa Barghchi has joined the Oxford Wine Company from Neal's Yard Dairy, where she developed a knowledge of microbiology and fermentation - both of which are equally important to wine production - and the importance of the land behind a product, the influence of seasons, of biodiversity and of attention to detail.

Barghchi, who is halfway through a WSET Level Two Course with OWC's Oxford Wine School, will be based at the Oxford Wine Company’s Turl Street Shop five days a week.