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Chef Tony’s Wine Club: The Wine Society

April 17, 2017 Chef Tony, Northern Soul writes... Comments Off on Chef Tony’s Wine Club: The Wine Society
Wine by Chris Payne

In April’s edition of Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two bottles from a wine club. As the months progress, Chef Tony will continue to bring you his pick of wines from supermarkets, independent retailers and wine clubs.

Chef Tony says: These wines show how you can benefit from being a member of The Wine Society


Life From Stone Sauvignon Blanc, Springfield Estate 2016 (£9.95)

Vines planted on extremely rocky ground (mainly quartz) give this wine its name. They produce a greenish coloured, highly concentrated wine with a flinty, mineral undertone. There are also hints of grapefruit. It is fantastic with seafood, asparagus or enjoyed on its own.


Château Ferran, Pessac-Léognan 2010 (£17)

There’s plum and strawberry here with chewy tannins. With an excellent nose and length typical of a Merlot-based claret, it’s not for long ageing and is drinking superbly now. Decant this wine before drinking to release its full potential.  

Chef Tony’s verdict: Being a member of a wine club means you let them take the risks and source great wines on your behalf. Having said that, I don’t really regard The Wine Society as a club, it’s more than that. For a one-off fee of £40 you become the owner of one share of the society, then they choose wine and offer tasting session and tours. I’ve been a member since 2004 and have enjoyed numerous bottles of great wine from them. They also offer a great ‘uncork with confidence’ guarantee.  

By Chef Tony

Main image by Chris Payne


Chef Tony is a gastronome with 17 years’ of experience cooking across the North West. Chef Tony has worked in some of the region’s best kitchens, including the award-winning Nutters in Rochdale and The Lowry at Salford Quays.

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