Total Wine & More
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -16.9%
Its actually a decent place to get beer, you just have to be really careful. They get all the special releases like KBS, FBS, CBS, et al., but seasonals and IPAs/DIPAs can get out of date, and the really dont check the bottling/expiration dates. Their american section is actually pretty solid with a decent amount of Founders, Bells, Terrapin, Victory, Olde Hickory, etc. They have all the basics in terms of imports (Chimay, Rochefort, Aecht Schlenkara, and other Adjunct lagers), but the problem is that theyre nothing really special. You have both TJs and Sam's within 10 minutes of Total Wine, and their selection blows Total Wine out of the water.
The service is actually pretty good considering theyre focused on wine (which they are freaking amazing at helping you with wine questions if youre in a Cabernet mood).
If youre like me and live right behind the store, it becomes your quick stop. If youve got a little time, mozy on over to Sam's in Durham or TJs/Carrboro Beverage Co in Carrboro.
10-20-2011 00:31:37 | More by VncentLIFE
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
There seems to have been a big push to improve the store as a place for beer recently. The selection of singles has been expanded and spread out, making it easier to put together interesting mixed six-packs, and the staff is always present and willing to help with any questions. This store is my closest beer store, and it always has a good selection of nationally-distributed craft beers, a wide variety of imports, and there are always big displays of seasonal varieties. If I'm looking for something in particular like a limited release or something else that is hard-to-find, I often need to go elsewhere, but this store is able to satisfy a lot of my beer-buying needs.
09-19-2009 20:52:46 | More by devilben02
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Not a bad place to go but beware the expiration date on anything that shouldn't age. On numerous occasions I've looked for something lighter or hoppier and noticed the six pack had expired. Selection is decent though. They have a good amount of options for both imports and domestic and almost a whole side of an aisle for singles. The amount of wine they have way out numbers the amount of beer-though I guess that's to be expected for a store called total wine. They do occasionally have sweet discounts on some beers. I got a six of Anchor old Foghorn barleywine recently for almost half price! It wasn't skunky or bad either.
Again, not bad but not my ideal beer shopping place. One of the closest good options to me.
09-05-2007 02:51:55 | More by tastybeer
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
In Durham recently, I had some time to kill and decided to stop into this store. I've read about Total Wine & More on BA before but, being from the North East originally, I'd never actually seen one. Overall, its a nice, newer looking store, well-kept and well-organized. I spotted the sign for beer and found myself in an isle, one side of which was crowded with all kinds of six packs. Just about every local brew you can get your hands on, 4-packs of high quality Belgian ales...good selection here, but where's the singles, bombers, and 750s? I walked over to a small row of coolers on the left wall to see what was inside, pretty much looked like more of the same. As I turned around, I checked out a small gondola of seasonals when the word "beer" once again caught my eye (it always does). A-HA! The singles isle - why they choose to put it opposite the six-pack shelving, I have no idea, but I'm glad I stumbled across it. Lots of singles, about half on the isle side full of 'em. The Belgians and such seemed decently priced whereas some of the micro singles looked to be on the expensive side. Even so, a quality collection of beer for sure and they even have custom-made mixed six-pack holders so you can pick and choose as you please.
Pretty great selection all-in-all I thought, although some prices were high. Service is kind of a mystery, I was never approached or greeted or anything, but I didn't linger for all that long. I'll be back for sure though, and will have to visit some of the other Total Wine & More locations to check out their "& More" sections.
10-12-2006 14:39:20 | More by wedge
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
This location took me forever to find. It doesn't map well and I must have driven all around Durham before I found it the first time. It is very close to being in Chapel Hill and is easiest to get to off Exit 270, head North on 15-501 and then get into the right lane and go to the Home Depot plaza. Total Wine in near the back of the shopping area.
The quality on all my visits since I finally found the place has been good. Stock has been moving and some incorrect pricing has been fixed. The service has never been more than average, in fact I can never think of a time where they have asked if I needed assistance. The selection is pretty darn good. Not everything is represented, but some odds and ends are that are not seen everywhere.
The pricing on most items is competitive, but on a few they charge more. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to the pricing scheme. A pretty good clean Total Wine location with decent quality.
06-08-2006 17:49:37 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Pretty good selection here. Prices are very reasonable. I've never asked anyone for help, so I really can't speak to the service. Most of the very large store is dedicated to wine, but there's a respectable beer section with a good deal of singles. Nothing very special, but they have most of the stuff that I like to buy. For the harder to find suff, would probably want to hit up Sam's. I frequent this place of Sam's primarily because I live a lot closer to Total Wine. Quality is good...they seem to have a decent turnover rate.
05-05-2006 03:02:56 | More by WeisGuy
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
This is a wine store with a large selection of beer as well. It is normally pretty empty but seems like the bottles disappear pretty quickly; I can't figure out how. Anyway, the prices are inexpensive to reasonable. The selection is pretty good and the best place I have found within 20 miles of my apartment. Most of the beers I have never had before. Organized pretty well. Service is average, nothing special really, but I haven't shot out to get the clerk's input either. They will probably get the majority of my beer money while I live here.
11-07-2005 22:51:15 | More by cracgor
Total Wine & More in Durham, NC
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.