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The Wine Seller

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The Wine SellerThe Wine Seller
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.47%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

4680 Monticello Ave
Ste 15
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188-8214
United States
phone: (757) 564-4400

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Reviews by breweryaprntc13:
Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.15/5  rDev 0%

While it is mainly a wine store, they do not hide the fact that beer is also available. Despite the name, I felt as if the store was half beer and half wine, with the beer section spread out over six or seven coolers on the side wall. Beer magazines and newspapers are also spread out on tables by the coolers. The overall feel is a very warm environment for beer lovers to relax and really explore their beer options and learn more about beer. The staff is friendly and the man who helped me offered to try to get any beers from their distributor that I was looking for, but there is only so much they can get from one distributor. However he did a good job of remembering me on my second visit showed me all they had gotten in stock since my last visit. I felt very at home and ended up spending over an hour there talking beer with the staff and another customer. Probably the second best selection of beers I have found in Williamsburg, however without the option to make your own six pack I try to only go here if there is something they have that no where else carries. Duvel, Troeggs, Bell's, Allagash, and other standard craft beers available aplenty, with a few rare gems found from time to time.

breweryaprntc13, May 17, 2010
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crpeck, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nice bottle shop - there's not a huge selection, but it's quality stuff. They have about six drafts - they were all top notch, killer stuff - big fan of the half pint pours. The sandwiches are FANTASTIC - you cant go wrong. I didn't buy any bottles, but we had Alewerks BA imperial porter on draft and a great meal. The staff was also great - very knowledgeable and helpful - no problem with providing me samples of a few other drafts. They do growlers too. Very cool shop.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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RobDB, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Papa
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

I was vacationing from out of town and was looking for some beers I can't find at home. They had a nice selection and guy at the store could not have been more helpful. It was easy to tell he is really knowledgeable and into the beers he sells. If I was local this place would be a regular stop.
I'm not a wine or cheese guy, but it appeared they also had a big selection of those.
I would highly recommend stopping by when you have enough time to have a beer. They had five or six awesome beers on tap and a nice seating area outside.

Papa, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Read about this on BA - and wanted to see how it was while in SE Virginia.

Atmosphere: Good lighting, and 50/50 a wine and beer store. Beer is all at the back, wine all up front. In the back the beer is showcased well in fridge cases, taps on the wall for growlers, and racks for bombers of various beers.

Quality: About 95% of the beers here are craft and micros. There are some macro lagers here, but they are in the minority. The craft that is present was higher rated national craft beers or local SE VA beers.

Service: Good service. Was greeted as I walked into the place (I was the only customer) and when I asked about a container for holding a few bottles, the person behind the counter went quickly to grab a 4-pack holder for my single bottle purchases.

Selection: See my comments on quality above, but I'll elaborate a bit more here. This place has very few single bottles available, and if you want to make your own six pack, this isn't the place...unless you want bombers or 750mL bottles, of which there are lots and lots of. So when looking at it that way - there is a great selection of US craft beer bombers here, but for 12oz singles, there is not a lot here.

Value: A bit on the pricey side.

Overall - definitely an above average store, but I've been spoiled by other places where I can build my own six packs with ease. If you want a high quality six pack or some bombers, this is the place, but if you want to sample and try out, this isn't the place.

damndirtyape, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%

Increasingly, I love this place. Phil is the beer guy, and when you walk in, right off the bat, he tells you what he has in that's new. He remembers you, even if you're not there every week.

The selection has become increasingly great, but best of all, just this week, they've added several taps. Now, not only can you get a wide variety of bottles, but there are a few different growler options to choose from.

A great place for beer, and certainly the best of its kind on the Peninsula. It has striven to improve its quality and selection over the last year or two.

ebby82, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of pnkRed
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

As others have said, this is a wine store first, but it is also a beer store. About 7 doors dedicated to craft beer and room temperature shelving, they have more than enough options to satisfy the average craft beer shopper. They always have Dogfish, stone, troegs, Bell's, founders, williamsburg alewerks, and legend with a bunch of belgians to choose from. Phil will do his best to get what he hasn't heard of and is always eager to talk craft beer with you. Great prices and a friendly and warm environment keeps me coming back!

pnkRed, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev 0%

This would be the place to buy beer in Williamsburg. 5 cooler doors in the back with one shelf unit just beyond the doors.

Very good selection for the area with Stone, Rogue, Troegs, Southern Tier, Caldera (cans), Victory, Legend, and Lagunitas all well represented. While there's not a lot of choice here, they do stock the good stuff.

Prices are very good, especially for the area. The folks working there seem to know a little about the product they sell. Hop Stoopid had just come in and we had a nice discussion about that fine beer.

They do close at 8, so get there early.

beer2day, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Nice store, like others said tucked into a shopping center with a target and a Ukrops. Main focus is on wine but has an admirable beer selection for the size.

Troegs, Legends, Stone, Willamsburg Ale Works, Victory, some Bell's, etc. Many of the beers had BA shelf tabs showing their ratings and overall scores. Some decent Belgians to choose from. Very little BMC if any did I see.

Spoke with Phil the assistant manager, for a few minutes, and he seemed eager to talk beer. Worth checking out when in Williamsburg for sure. Not a huge selection overall but what they have is top shelf for sure.

lackenhauser, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

I have to say I love this place. They have a lot of very good beers. Imports as well. Prices on some things are great. DFH 120 and DFH WWS are 8.75 each, which is the lowest price for those that I've ever seen. Hopslam was also only like $14 a sixer, but they eventually raised to price to the more common $19. Glad I bought my case early.

The only beer guy I know is Phil, and he's awesome. He doesn't know everything about beer, but he's got a solid knowledge, and he'll take time to talk to you about beer and give recommendations, and if there's a beer you want, he'll try to get it. Like they got Moylan's hopsickle because people wanted it. So the selection changes regularly, which is definitely a plus in my opinion. But the majority of beers don't change, which is definitely standard.

My favorite beer store in Williamsburg. They also do tastings some times. I tasted La Fin du Monde. Between this place and the Wine Cellar underneath the Cheese Shop, you're set. But these prices are usually better than the Wine Cellar's.

They'll also reserve beers for you. At least they did when I asked them to hold 2 sixers of hopslam for me.

Jimbo87, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

I live right next door to this place and never realized they sell beer. I walked in and the beer is in the back across from the cigars in coolers. A way bigger selection than I was expecting. There were about four coolers with one dedicated to macros, but the rest had me looking for a while. A good selection of imported and domestic micros. Saw somethings I have never seen in VA before. The staff is friendly, but it seems that not everyone there knows beer (the store is mostly wine). The guy I did talk to seemed to be interested in what I liked so he could stock the store to more suit the clientele. He even was able to order the Stone RIS for me to pick up. All in all, a nice hidden gem of a beer store.

ocelot2500, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of PhageLab
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Spent a lot of time calling around looking for Hopslam, finally found this amazing gem of a store. The store is well lit and extremely clean, and the organization is immaculate. The manager was a huge help and was very knowledgeable, he even had BA score cards under some of the brews. Okay, the big thing was the selection. They had only 4 beer windows, and one dedicated to macros, but the beer they did have was amazing. A lot of it I'd never even seen in Va before. Rochefort 10, Bell's Best Brown, Hopslam, Cherry Stout, Sparkling Ale, a whole lineup of Legend bombers, a few of the Smuttynose Big Beers, Weyerbacher Insanity, Two Hearted Ale mini kegs, Weihenstephaner bottles of Kristall, Dunkel, and the regular Weisse, and even bottles of the Aecht Marzen Rauchbier. Also, don't wanna forget the Nugget Nectar! I'm definitely coming back to this store again, if you're in the area and need a restock, this place will have something for you.

PhageLab, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

I decided to hit up this place after a fellow BA mentioned he scored some Hopslam here. They did indeed have the Hopslam as well as Nugget Nectar and an assortment of good domestic and imports. Breweries such as Lagunitas, Victory, Smuttynose, Stone and Troegs were well represented as well as Weihensthephaner, Rochefort, Westmalle etc. Overall I 'd say that had probably 50 different six packs and a small selection of singles. Not bad for the area really. A good variety but less total breweries represented than say a total wine. The staff seemed knowledgeable enough and pretty pleasant. I'd recommend a stop if you're in the area. You'll most likely be surprised by an offering or two.

Bleedingshrimp, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Braudog
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Surprisingly nice little retail outlet. I actually found one or two beers I’ve never seen before in my life here, and that says something anymore. I found a Left Hand Twin Sisters Double IPA not seen before in Virginia, plus the usual suspects for high-end micros available here. Not a big selection of singles, but nonetheless a nice pick of quality beers, including some rare imports (Swiss bottle new to me here). They also carry a good selection of boutique wines. The staff is very friendly and seemed to be knowledgable. If you’re in town, stop by!

Braudog, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Located in a fairly large strip mall with a Target. Little shop with the main focus being wine. All the way in the back there is a rack and about a 4 or 5 door cooler section for beer. They had some Stone, Victory, Tröegs, Legend, Dominion and few others. They even had 2003-2006 singles of Old Ho' and now I am kicking myself for not picking some up for a vertical ($2.99 a bottle). I did buy a couple bombers of Legend and a bottle of wine for the wife. Not a bad little shop, but I hope Williamsburg has somewhere better than this. Staff was friendly and the place has potential. If I ever have to make the trip back down here I will stop in again to see how it's coming along.

Imstillthegman, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

If you're in Williamsburg, take the 5 minutes and head out this way.

Beer coolers have a good selection of smaller, local breweries. I picked up some St. George, but they also offer Legend, Old Dominion, Heavy Seas, Clipper City, Troegs, Victory, and Dogfish Head. Also thrown into the mix were some Alesmith, Stone, and a decent import section with several Trappist brews.

The service was very good - the guy was very friendly and wanted to talk about beer for awhile. The have BA papers on most of the beers (i.e. "Storm King Stout is a 92 on BeerAdvocate!") and there is a separate rack for their featured beers. DFH Worldwide Stout and Rochefort were some of the specials. A nice little spot to hit up.

JohnnyM2002, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

visited the store on my recent vacation to williamsburg. Selection was limited to a group of coolers to right rear of store. The stores main emphasis is on wine and beer seems to only be a sideline. I was extremely dissapointed by the number of 12 ounce singles available (about 5), since I was on vacation and only had a limited area in the coolers. The six-pack collection was adequate, bu not much that I don't see in other comparable stores. Worth a stop if you are in the area, but not worht going out of your way for. One thing that was dissapointing was that the motel we stayed at had discount coupons for the Wine Seller, but beer was excluded from the discount. I guess this kind of put a chip on my shoulder before I even went there

tgbljb, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

The Wine Seller was a store I had been looking for, but just happened across today by accident. It, like most other VA beer stores, is just down the sidewalk from a Ukrops.

The store is neat and clean and well lit. The warm beer selection of single bottles is very small. The cold beer selection is where this store shines. They even had a few BA shelf talkers on display.

I was asked if I needed help, but other than that generally ignored and left alone. The beer selection has very little to no BMC stuff with the only odd alco-pop taking up shelf space. The beer selection is actually pretty good considering there is no other real place to go in Williamsburg other than perhaps Farm Fresh.

All in all, if in Williamsburg I would suggest a stop. The prices were not out of line, the coolers and store is very clean. The selection is pretty good, and lastly they use BA shelf talkers...

GCBrewingCo, Feb 02, 2005
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The Wine Seller in Williamsburg, VA
92 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.