St. Julian winemaker Nancie Corum-Oxley honored by Purdue University

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Nancie Corum-Oxley worked her way up to head winemaker at St. Julian in 2010.

Kudos to St. Julian winemaker Nancie Corum-Oxley who will be honored Oct. 10, at her alma mater, Purdue University, with their Outstanding Food Science Award.

Nancie is Michigan’s first professional commercial female winemaker. She has worked 12 years at St. Julian in Paw Paw, starting as lab manager and enologist and moved up the ranks to assistant winemaker in 2003 and associate winemaker in 2008. She was promoted to head winemaker in 2010.

While many women have played key roles at wineries in Michigan, Nancie’s position at such a large commercial winery is unique — along with her credentials.

In 2002, Nancie earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Manufacturing Operations with double minors in Agribusiness Management and Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue.

In 2010, she earned a Master of Science in Food and Agribusiness Management from Purdue with the MBA portion completed at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

At Purdue she assisted famed enologist Dr. Richard Vine in Purdue’s grape and wine research program and assisted in coordinating the Indy International Wine Competition. She also did an internship at Sonoma’s Geyser Peak Winery under then-winemaker Daryl Groom before joining St. Julian.

She most recently developed the St. Julian Sweet Nancie Sparkling Traminette, which took Best of Class and Double Gold at the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition held by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.

She also produced the gold-winning Braganini Reserve Albarino at the Michigan Wine Competition this month.

Here’s a toast to Nancie!

You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@hotmail.com.