About the Showroom
The Cellar Showroom is located at The Wine Society, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2BT.
Leave the A1M at junction 7 and follow signs to Stevenage town centre.
Turn left at first roundabout onto Gunnels Wood Rd which is dual carriageway.
Exit at next roundabout and come back on yourself, then immediately take the first left down Norton Green Road.
The Cellar Showroom is the second entrance on the right. There is ample car parking.
Take the steps from the station down to the Leisure Park and cross park to entrance on Six Hills Way.
Turn right and follow path to underpass on left.
Go through underpass then take steps up to left onto Norton Green Road.
The Cellar Showroom is the second entrance on the right. Alternatively, a taxi rank is situated at the front of the station.
The Showroom is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
MEET THE TEAM:
Lisa Fletcher, Showroom Manager
Lisa has worked in the Showroom since it first opened in 1989. Lisa's favourite wines are red or white from New Zealand, so her grape preferences are sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Lisa's favourite sparkling wine is Prosecco which, Lisa says, goes down well on a lovely summers evening.
Helen Digweed, Senior Showroom Assistant
Helen originally joined in November 2005 at the age of 18 to work on Saturdays, and returned in September 2010 on a full-time basis. Helen's favourite wine region is Champagne, and at the moment her favourite is the Marguet Blanc de Noir. Helen completed her Advanced WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) qualification in January 2014.
Naomi Norwood, Showroom Co-ordinator
Naomi joined the society in 2004 having previously worked in the wine department at Fortnum and Mason. As well as now being one of the Showroom co-ordinators, Naomi is also responsible for Showroom marketing. Naomi has Advanced WSET and also worked towards her Diploma. Naomi likes white Rhône wines.
Samantha Vooght, Showroom Co-ordinator
Over the years Sam has had the opportunity to work in different areas of the organisation and also complete the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 3. As well as working at The Cellar Showroom, Sam spent around 18 months setting up the Members' Returns department and spent two years (and two pregnancies) working within Member Services, gaining first-hand knowledge of all aspects of the business. These opportunities have afforded Sam a wealth of experience which she was then able to take back to The Showroom.
Conrad Braganza, Fine Wine Adviser
Conrad joined The Society in 2003 and gained his WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma soon after in 2006. Working as the fine wine and bin-end co-ordinator he is responsible for sourcing bin ends and wines for the Vintage Room, as well as organising the biannual bin-end sales and fine wine events held in The Showroom. Conrad is also a member of The Society's Quality Assurance Team and is a keen blogger on various wine-related topics. Passionate about all aspects of wine, especially matching with food, Conrad cites the Alsace and Rhône as his favourite regions.
Brian Digweed, Stock Controller/Cellar Showroom Assistant
Brian holds the Intermediate WSET qualification and is currently studying for his Advanced exams. Brian is responsible for stock and also prepares the collections. Brian's favourite wine regions are Loire and Italy.
Patricia Healy, Showroom Assistant
Patricia started as a Saturday assistant and she now works part time during the week. Patricia is a big fan of the The Society's Corbières, which she describes as consistently good.
David Connor, Showroom Assistant
David joined The Wine Society in September 2014. He is currently on the last lap of the WSET Diploma and, when not hunched over a textbook, enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking and reading a good (non-wine-related!) book.
Emma Dorahy, Showroom Assistant (Saturdays)
Emma also works as Buying department co-ordinator. In her main role, Emma is the first point of contact for the buying department, responding to queries from members, producers and other parties. Emma also oversees the departmental quality control procedure, from identification of fault through to compensation for members. Emma has achieved WSET Diploma and has in-depth experience of The Society's wines. Emma's favourite wine region is Australia.
Team Member Spotlight
Assistant Showroom Manager
I love going for walks in May – the hedgerows are white with cow parsley, wild garlic and elderflower and the blackbirds are noisily feeding their chicks. With the lighter, warmer evenings and the smell of newly cut grass, it’s when I start to think about eating ‘al fresco’ in my little back garden.
My idea of a perfect seasonal supper in May would be the first crops of new potatoes and asparagus with a softly poached egg.
A fresh and gluggable glass of Three Choirs Silver Jubilee Gloucestershire 2017 (£8.50, EN1231) would work a treat with this, with its lychee notes and finesse through to the finish. Or why not soak up the evening sun while trying an English aperitif such as the Albourne Estate Selection Sussex 2017 (£14.95, EN1261)? Our tasting note describes it as ‘an intricate and generous white with real precision’, and I quite agree, and also enjoy drinking English wines even more knowing that I am not clocking up extra air miles, doing a tiny bit for the environment.
If you want to do the same, by buying thoughtfully and trying something surprising and delicious, then join us in the Cellar Showroom from Tuesday 28th May until Saturday 1st June for English Wine Week. You will be welcome to try a collection of English whites, including three sparkling wines, one of which is from our own Exhibition range, made for us by Ridgeview in Sussex.
What made you first fall in love with wine?
While studying hotel and catering management at university, I had the opportunity to study for my first WSET exam, and I found myself really enjoying it.
What's your favourite joyful wine moment?
Sharing a magnum of The Society's Champagne with my family for my Mum's 70th birthday on Aldeburgh beach, with the best fish and chips (and family) in the world!
Who would be your five dream dinner party guests?
Monty Don, Eddie Izzard, Chris Packham, Billie Holiday and my multi-talented, singer-songwriter and chef friend Tessa Perry (that’s the food and entertainment sorted!).
What wine would you serve them?
Vacqueyras Blanc Les Clefs d'Or, Clos des Cazaux 2016
To go with what food?
Freshly caught mackerel from Roaring Water Bay with Pink Fir Apple potatoes and salad from the Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, West Cork.
If you didn't work here, what would be your dream job?
A shepherdess in the Yorkshire Dales.
What are your opening times?
The Stevenage Showroom is open 10am to 6pm Monday to Wednesday & Friday, until 7pm on Thursday, and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. The Showroom is closed on Sundays and bank holidays, except when it is open more frequently in the run-up to Christmas. Click here for more information on our Cellar Showroom.
Do I save money if I pre order my wines?
Pre-orders are not essential, but we do recommend them for large quantities. Pre orders received before midday Monday to Friday for collection the following day are rewarded with 25 pence discount per bottle, equivalent to £3 per dozen.
Where is the cellar showroom located in Stevenage (direction)?
Please click here for directions.
What stock does the Showroom hold?
We stock all items in the printed list sent out to members, as well as most of the wines from the 'features' sent to members. If you would like a specific wine it is always best to check that it is in stock in the Showroom.
Do you sell wooden boxes?
We don't sell wooden boxes but we do make them available for members to take from the Showroom. They are not always available as they come down to us only when the warehouse has broken down a number of wooden cases. As such, supply is on an ad hoc basis.
We ask for a donation to charity for the boxes and there is no prescribed amount for this. A charity box can be found close to the boxes in the Showroom for these donations.
We do not hold boxes for members to collect at a later date as we do not have space to do so over and above what is needed for members' orders.