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Salut Wine Shop Saluted

Neil Sowerby drinks himself to contentment in the new 'Cooper Street Quarter' wine shop and bar

Written by . Published on August 26th 2014.

Salut Wine Shop Saluted

LABOUR of love is a phrase that gets overused; wine bar’s a phrase that is decidedly unhip. Unfairly so. Newly-opened Salut is the epitome of both - a bold new venture from a group of oenophiles (wine lovers).

Salut’s wine bar spreads to an upstairs wine bar eyrie that could tempt many a wine scribe into a lost afternoon. 

This combined shop/bar has been four years in gestation since owners Jon and Sara Saunby got the wine bug. Phylloxera? Wine lover's joke, but their enthusiasm really is infectious. 

It extends to the rest of the team at Salut, situated in the old Oddbins corner site on Cooper Street and across the road from fellow pioneers of the ‘Cooper Street Quarter’, Beef and Pudding. 

Salut (right)Salut (right)

Most of the Salut folk share the Saunbys’ wellspring, they all took courses from leading Manchester wine educator Stephen Rosser. Payback time is lending Rosser a chunk of the premises Monday and Tuesday evenings for his new wine school. Expect to see occasional masterclasses from winemakers, too.

Rosser has advised the Saunbys. Mark Dent, once of Hanging Ditch, also. Jon, Sara, Joe, Nick and Sam tasted their way gallantly through hundreds of wines from large suppliers and, importantly, small independents – their objective to lure punters into widening their wine horizons. 

The result is there for all to see on a soaring shelf wall with 300 wines and a changing roster of 42 available by the glass from an Enomatic machine. Prices are good, the selection immaculate based on a swift tasting prior to opening.

Salut entranceSalut entrance

SalutGeorge Bergier, Stephen Rosser, Jon Saunby

The Enomatic dispenses wine by the glass at the swipe of a prepaid card loaded with credit (min. value £10). It maintains the freshness of opened bottles over an extended period. The machines offer a range of glass sizes: 50ml, 125ml or 175ml. You can keep the card for a return visit or Salut will refund any unused credit. 

A similar concept worked really well up at Bakerie on Northern Quarter's Lever Street when the knowledgeable Dale Meakin was able to showcase some fascinating leftfield wines you might not risk splashing out for. Sadly, Pie and Ale dominates up there these days. 

Similar to the Bakerie wine shop, Salut’s wine bar spreads to an upstairs wine bar eyrie that could tempt many a wine scribe into a lost afternoon. With some nibbles, of course. Food comes from North Star Deli (Chorlton, Piccadilly): hummus, baba ganoush, olives and pita bread, cheese selections, smoked salmon, cured meats and roast beef. That kind of wine-friendly stuff with bagels and croissants for the weekends.

Palate cleansing beers are on offer from Radcliffe’s Brightside and self-styled gypsy brewers Shin Diggers (their Pacific Pale Ale is especially refreshing).


My wine lust was whetted by an Umbrele Chardonnay, from the unlikely source of Romania. Tropical fruit, some new oak vanilla and fresh acidity. More food-friendly was a Jean Lucv Colombo et Fille, a fresh, minerally white Cotes du Rhone. A Dirk Niepoort entry-level red from Portugal was similarly attractive with lots of dark Douro fruit.

Notice I’m not giving definitive prices here. The shelves still awaited the stickers. The plan was to charge £7 corkage to drink any bottle in-store (the surcharged waived for any wine over £50), but this policy may well have changed. Salut possesses that slight chaos that befits a labour of love at an embryo stage. Sara has given up her job as a stewardess, but Jon is keeping the day job as a BA pilot. As you read this, he may be winging his way to Toronto. 

At this soft launch the Chop Houses’ revered sommelier George Bergier, a mentor to Salut’s Nick, was sharing a glass or two with me. His recommendation from the shelves was the German Spatburgunders (pinot noir) from Thörle in the Rheinhessen. A good enough excuse for popping back soon.

SalutNick of Salut

Wine courses:

For full details of Stephen Rosser’s courses, which lead to Wines and Spirits Education Trust qualifications (or you can just do them for the hell of it), ring Rosser on 0795 2066381 or email: info@stephenrosserwineschool.uk.

Courses start at £270. Stephen has worked for, amongst others, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Wine School, and the Guild of Sommeliers. He has also led a number of wine tours to the Douro Valley, the home of Port.  

Salut Wines, 11 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW.



Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 10.00-18.30 (wine school from 19.00); 
Wed-Sat 10.00-23.00; Sun 10.00-18.00.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 26th 2014.

Fourth photo...Is that what wine does to you? If that's the case I'll stick to sickly overpriced cocktails instead.

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rinkydinkAugust 26th 2014.

If there is a point actually being made here, it's crap

GeorgeAugust 26th 2014.

Salut has everything wine shop/wine bar can offer, space, quality wines, experts' advice, light food to complement profesionaly selected wines, ambiance, stunning selection of wines by the glass and to top it up - specialised wine courses with Stephen Rosser providing lecturing facilities. If this is not enough and to absorb your high alcohol intake, pop in to finish the lunch or an evening to Beef and Pudding, just on the other corner. Salut will go from strength to strength.

Kate Edwards-TullochAugust 27th 2014.

German Reds in Manchester now I am excited!

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AnonymousAugust 27th 2014.

Neil's not talking about football, kid.

AnonymousAugust 27th 2014.

Can't see the Waterhouse brigade staggering over for a glass of Dom Leroy grand cru richebourg ?

RMCAugust 27th 2014.

Looks really good will try it out next time I'm in the city!

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