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Parissa Barghchi - Turl Street Shop Manager

Department: Retail Staff

Telephone: 01865 604170

Job Title: Turl Street Shop Manager

Role: Looking after the day to day running of our cosy shop, advising and guiding customers, getting involved in tasting events and other projects, visiting winemakers & vineyards, writing content for our fans and followers, talking about wine, drinking wine and staying in touch with developments within our exciting industry.

Interests: Of course all those delicious wines, spirits and fortifies out there but little pockets that I have a particular geeky love of are microbiology - I find yeast activity fascinating and therefore, the journey behind fermentation is something I love learning about. I spent all my childhood holidays in the north of Scotland and the Orkney Islands so I have a true love of highland whiskey and rugged landscapes. I have a passion for British Farmhouse cheese, raw milk cheeses and a growing interest in other cheeses of the world. In between eating cheese and drinking delicious beverages I am also an avid runner and will be running the London Marathon this year.

Likes: Twelve years of working in the restaurant industry and my partner being a professional chef I spend most of my spare time cooking - I love making fresh pasta - and we try to visit as many new restaurants and old favourites (Ducksoup, Pompette & St John) as possible. Sunday evenings with my partner - we always open a bottle of something interesting/special, cook up a feast (or have an epic cheese selection) and listen to our record collection - there is usually dancing in the kitchen!

Dislikes: People who do not give up their seat on public transport for someone who needs it more than them. Babybell! Its not cheese!

If you could be served any food/dish what would it be? This is definitely the hardest question! Probably fresh Skate wing cooked on the bone in a lemon, thyme and brown butter sauce with capers, served with something like a troken-spatlese Alsace or German Riesling.

If you were a wine which one would it be? In the morning I'd be an English Sparkling wine and in the evening I'd be a Palo Cortado Sherry - is that cheating?!

What do you like about working with The Oxford Wine Company? Everything! We have an amazing selection of quality wines here - their really is something for everyone. I enjoy talking to my customers and helping them with their decisions whilst learning about their tastes and hearing their stories. All my colleagues are so kind, interesting and friendly and their is so much opportunity within the company for all kinds of projects and learning.

What is your most diverse achievement? I studied Lau Gar Kung Fu for 13 years and hold a yellow sash grade.

Which are your most favoured wines? That's like being asked to choose your favourite child! I am always seduced by German and Austrian wines/winemakers. Sicilian wines - on a recent trip we could not stop drinking the local frappato, Pinot Noir's from Burgundy, Oregon and Mornington Peninsular, Maderia - I love the colourful history and mythology behind this wine. I do love a classic Bordeaux - I tend to drink more wines from St Emilion but do love a big Medoc wine with age when I can afford it. Northern Italy - I don't think I have ever drank a wine from Emilia-Romagna that has not had me weak at the knees. I love to be surprised and am always looking for wines that have complex, well balanced character - I like to be transported to a place - I like wines with personality - and there are many personality traits that I like. I like to know I am drinking wine that has been crafted with care, attention to detail and sustainability in mind.