Once Upon a Vine South
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Shawn1974:
5/5 rDev +17.4%
Being a frequent customer of the Northside's Once Upon A Vine, yet a resident in Bon Air, I was pleased when this location opened. The layout of the store is well-organized and a pleasant atmosphere to browse in. The beer selection supersedes most, if not all, other Richmond Metro beer (& wine) sellers. All beer styles are well represented, and they take risks on introducing new breweries and styles to their market--something the big chain supermarkets and big wine & beer stores fail to do, but willingly send their "covert" spies to steal ideas for inventory they are too lazy to research and attempt on their own (my subtle plea for staying loyal to the local and independent with shopping decisions). Lastly, and most importantly, the staff creates the "old-school", "Main Street" experience of taking time to talk to you, making recommendations, and making you feel your patronage is something they don't take for granted. Highly recommended!
04-20-2008 23:24:44 | More by Shawn1974
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
Unless you head to the big chain store down on Robious, this is the best beer selection I've found south of the river. You've probably got a better shot at locally produced brews here than there. Ben and Tomy Harris are good fellows, helpful and friendly, and if they're more knowledgeable about wine than beer, well, it is called Once Upon a Vine. I appreciate that they're serious about beer, too. I also appreciate that they have beer tastings most Friday nights.
04-05-2013 00:16:12 | More by blbarnett3
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Nice shop situated right off of Chippenham on Forest Hill (near enough to Forest Hill). Relatively easy to get to.
Seemed like more space here than the other OUAV, but probably the same beer to wine ratio. Easy listening tunes softly playing as I looked through the amply spaced aisles for some beer ideas.
Quality was on par with most every other shop in town. Good number of within dates IPA's, but just a scant few blatantly out of date selections. Who knows with the Ballast Point stuff....
Kind lady asked me once if I needed assistance, to which I replied "Not just yet, but I'll let you know if I do." which sufficed quite well. She was ready to check my purchases as soon as I moved to the front. Otherwise, pretty quiet.
The selection seemed to mirror the other shop (who'd a thought...) but I think their were more canned selections here. I'll have to double check on that though. Good selection regardless.
A touch more pricey than a few other shops in town, but not enough to make me avoid the place. I'd seek this shop out again.
05-25-2011 18:44:54 | More by gopens44
Once Upon a Vine South in Richmond, VA
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.