The Wine Shoppe
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
4/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Wine Shoppe has gone from the 'go to' place in Waldorf, to the secondary place in Southern Maryland in the last couple years. Rosewick's seems to have about the same selection, and much better prices. I've found that the Wine Shoppe is really expensive compared to other places around DC. I've always found the service pretty good, but they'll try to push 'specialty' beers off on you, even if they're not that good. If I'm in a pinch, I'll see what they have- but if I have the time, I'll go to Rosewick's, or into N. Virginia for much better prices and selection.
01-10-2011 02:25:58 | More by jayhawk73
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3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
The Wine Shoppe is definitely one of southern Maryland's destinations for craft beer. That said, it's not a Mecca for craft beer like I consider Dawson's in Severna Park. The reviews that are already posted paint a good picture of the selection. I agree with those that point you to Rosewick Wine and Spirits in La Plata. The selection is roughly the same but a bit better and cheaper at Rosewick IMHO. The knowledge base is definitely limited; they can tell you the difference between an IPA and a stout and even recommend some decent beer, but if you're on this site you probably won't need their advice. If you have to talk to someone, there's an Indian guy there who is probably your best bet. He's a fellow enthusiast and has tried much of their selection but I wouldn't label him a 'professional beer salesman' by any means.
If your can handle the drive, head to Dawson's; there's just no comparison in SO MD.
08-04-2013 01:47:05 | More by Dan_the_beer_man
4/5 rDev +6.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Somewhat easy to find this store in the large strip mall. Found this place after stopping at the pro shop in the skating rink behind the complex - nice find. (301 N to 228 E, left at Western PKWY, turn left into shopping mall area place past Famous Dave's)
I was greeted upon entering by someone that seemed like the manager. Followed the coolers along the right side all the was down to find beer on the right and left, with a few special bombers in a small display outside the glass enclosed vintage wine area.
Several decent selections of six packs with a relatively decent number of refrigerated bombers and singles as well. Saw things that I hadn't seen before, so that's always a treat. Kind of a tight fit between the cooler and the room temp beers, but not too awful.
Pricing probably reflected the overhead of such a centrally located shopping venue, but not overwhelmingly costly or beer enjoyment prohibitive. Just a touch higher than what I'd seen elsewhere.
The manager (pretty sure) commented on the selection that I had made and invited me to check out a few more that he felt I may have missed (he was right). He was also not shy at all about engaging me in a conversation about good beer and some products that he was personally excited about.
It was a nice visit to say the least, and if I need to stop at teh ice rink again, I'll certainly pay these people a visit.
12-06-2010 16:17:41 | More by gopens44
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
located at the back of a big shopping center off highway 5, the store has a wall of coolers along the right of the store with a decent but pretty run-of-the-mill craft beer selection, some good breweries featured but with only one of two of their brands available - Clipper City, Stone - they did have 13th, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Stoudts, Troegs, and so on, small bomber selection, haven't seen Penndemonium anywhere but here, be sure to check the small warm display near the front of the store, picked up a six-pack of Clipper City Hop3
I've been offered service but have always declined, probably shouldn't hope for more than help locating something here
probably worth the 15 minute drive south to Rosewick if feasible, they carry practically everything found here and quite a bit more
08-14-2009 01:26:00 | More by blackie
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I concur with what others have said about The Wine Shoppe, with the exception that I don't think this is the place to go in Southern Maryland. I think this is due to the fact that I am the first to review this place in about a year. I think that Rosewick and Colonial in La Plata are better, but The Wine Shoppe has a very good selection.
The Wine Shoppe has a good selection of singles, including many imports and hard to find beers that you can't get here in a 4 or 6 pack.
Price was hit or miss. I found a lot of beers that I can get cheaper in the local area, but I also found some good deals (i.e. Gonzo).
The cashier was friendly, and looked up something I asked him.
Overall this is a good place to get beer, with a very good varierty. Everybody should be able to find something they like here.
04-01-2009 01:44:41 | More by beermanWV
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is one of the better places in the southern Maryland area. Finding things like Great Divide can get tricky, but they usually have it in stock at this place. Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head, and many other east coast breweries are easily found, plus the occasional rarity. This was the only store in southern Maryland to get Golden Era, and he also got some Utopias. The owner is pretty good about checking on special release things like those, and he'll keep a waiting list. They don't get a whole lot of new stuff that often but it's one of the best places to check when looking for something out of the ordinary.
01-06-2008 23:06:49 | More by wickedpete
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
In the land of strip malls, The Wine Shoppe is a great little store. There are a fair number of single bottles in two different cooler doors. If you are looking for 4 or 6 packs, they have an even greater selection. Right now I am drinking a Nostradamus that is very fresh, as shown by the date on the label. As for Belgian, that I remember, they also had Koningshoeven and Dutchess de Bourgogne.
The staff was real helpful in explaining a couple of the beers I have never tried. The next time I am in Waldorf and don't feel like driving to Virginia, I will stop here.
03-30-2007 01:09:57 | More by Cobinov
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
If you're in Southern Maryland, this is pretty much the only place to go. Located in Waldof, the Wine Shoppe is a store focused on wine but with a few coolers of micros and imports. The selection, while not huge, is of moderate to high quality. Additionally, it blows away anything found at the local grocery stores.
They have a number of unique beers you won't find in other areas of DC Metro, especially on the Virginia side, such as the entire Wild Goose selection, Heavyweight, Clipper City, Victory, Dominion, etc. The owner is a very nice guy who seems to know a bit about beers and at least what people like us are looking for. Prices are slightly above average.
07-09-2006 02:51:37 | More by gbarron
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
The Wine Shoppe has the best beer selection in Southern Maryland. Located in the new Waldorf MarketPlace next to Safeway, the 1st thing you notice is cases of Victory Products in the window. Nice to see cases of Storm King, Hop Devil and Prima Pils. When you walk in, the majority of the store is dedicated to wine. However, on the right side of the store, coolers line the length. I was pleasantly surprised to 750's of Chimay, Duvel, Ommegang, Unibroue and many other singles. The store carries the full Victory product line, Troegs, Old Dominion, Clipper City, Lancaster, Sam Adams, DFH and more. I was happy to pick up a few bottles of Sam Adams Harvest Pils. The owner said they only recieved 1 case. The store also carries a bunch of really nice imports like Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Bull Splitter, Franziskaner, Aventinus to name a few. Its nice to see that they reserve the BMC stuff to the last few coolers at the end of the store.
I've complimented the owner on his beer selection a few times and he seems to be appreciative.
Prices are kind of all over the place IMO and a bit more than I'm used to paying (Rick's in Alexandria has me spoiled). For instance, a Hennepin will go for 9.99 for a 750 ml and a La Fin Du Monde goes about 6.99. Still, for Southern Maryland this a great store to have near. My only concern would be their rotation. They are still carrying the Victory Festbier and SoMD is essentially BMC territory.
So, if you are making you way down 301 through Waldorf, The Wine Shoppe is definitaly worth a stop.
12-24-2005 16:44:18 | More by SwillBilly
The Wine Shoppe in Waldorf, MD
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.