Santé Wines - Secrets of Wells
We are delighted to be feature in this months What's On Somerset issue!
Here is what Rosie Inge had to say about Santé Wines:
Heritage Courtyard is a delightful, ancient little cul-de-sac off Sadler Street in Wells which has been woken up by the arrival of David Schroetter and his Santé Wine & Coffee House.
The French-born student came to England in 1988 to learn the language, intending to return after he had mastered it, but his plans were disrupted when he met chef Debbie Want and married her five years later. After a career in the hospitality trade, he decided to open a wine shop in Sherborne but was thwarted. because a speciality shop already existed there. Told that if he liked the Dorset town, he would love England's smallest city, he fulfilled his wish and opened Santé at 56 High Street-in 2008, the year the banks crashed! The lockdown and year pandemic could have crippled his business but because he has built up a large and loyal base of customers over the years, supporting many charities and giving back to the community, he adapted and actually increased turnover by delivering around the area. Two collaborations in the City's Market Place led him to realise that he was ready to offer more than just bottles of wine.
Summer will see the Courtyard come alive with outdoor seating but until then, the front part contains the coffee and wine bar with a large sharing table where guests can order little plates of street food, a cheese board or French patisseries. Pocket shelves will display the wines-ranging in price from £8.00 to £135.00 for a Calon Segur St Estephe 2010 (£400 in a restaurant!). Deeper into the building, a further space has additional, intimate tables, more of the 250 different wines and more cheeses, alonside olive oils and flavoured vinegars from his wine producers' farms, all of which can be bought to take home. Customers can buy wine to drink with a meal or at the bar, adding a £10 corkage charge-this may sound steep but consider the restaurant mark up on the Calon Segur!!
Jamie Cundill will be in charge of the kitchen, showcasing his 25 years' culinary experience in and around Wells, the last ten as a Head Chef. "I'm very excited to put my knowledge and passion into the venture, especially since I can include all the wonderful. seasonal ingredients produced locally," he enthused, ready to delight the taste buds of his future clientele.