Total Wine & More
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Total Wine and More is mostly a, yes, wine store. But they do have a nice selection of beers. Actually, one of the best in the area in my opinion. Well lit aisles, knowledgable staff, good selection.
There are two aisles devoted to beer. One aisle is domestics and the other is imports. There are divisions in each with sixers and individuals; there are also macro swill available in 12 and 24 packs.
A great selection of imports and domestics are available. With the new alcohol cap limit, it seems there inventory has doubled. Imperial Stouts (no sam smith), double IPA (Rogue only), several barleywines, lots of Belgians, etc. Great selection.
Service is outstanding. Everyone who works there knows about the beers, not just the wines. They are eager to inform one of when new items will be available and sometimes even try to do "special orders", if allowed by law.
Some of the beer selections seem a bit pricey. I have seen cheaper prices in places, but since there are three of these in the area and usually have the largest selection, what can one do?
One drawback: They allow some beers to expire past the "best by" date and do not allow any kind of discount for old beers. So, the beer stays on the shelf.
Overall, a great place to buy beer.
10-08-2005 18:44:14 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Well, this is the beer store closest to my house, but I don't find myself here very often. I'm not big on giving my money to big corporations, but aside from that...
The selection is decent, they have a few things that are harder to find around here, such as North Coast. Lots of local stuff, which is a plus. Bigger beer section than other Total Wine locations I've been in.
If memory serves me correctly, I've only been asked if I needed help once when I was in here. That and no one here seems to know all that much about any of the beer.
Of course most stuff is going to be cheaper here, but saving a penny today will cost you in the end... in the form of smaller, nicer, friendlier, places like City Beverage who really have your best interests as a beer drinker at heart going out of business if places like this push hard enough.
08-31-2005 12:26:53 | More by hyuga
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the first real beer store I have been to since moving to North Carolina for the summer. I was truly shocked when I walked in and saw the wine selection. I made my way over to the beer selection and saw about what I expected. There were plenty of brews I had never heard of before and there were also the typicals seen in most places. They did have a fair singles collection. I noticed there were probably some old singles floating around (I saw some dogwood from atlanta which has been out of business for getting close to 9 months now). Prices seemed a bit high. I can get Highland products in Atlanta cheaper than I could hear. Service was basically non existant. This one lady walked by me nearly 15 times and never said a word to me or acknowledged I was there. The guy at the register was very friendly though.
Overall not a bad stop if you happen to be in the area, but probably won't find much that you couldn't get elsewhere.
05-20-2005 22:41:13 | More by blitz134
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4
Ah Total Wine, the varitable Wal-Mart of Beer and Wine. Where you can find some great deals and let them have some great steals if you are not careful.
The quality of there selection is great for NC. They have six packs, some singles, make your own six packs, pint and 22oz bottles, as well as 12 packs and cases of macros. Their service is questionable. I was in there for 20 minutes and not once did somebody even acknowledge my presence let alone ask me if I needed help. And on my previous visits the staff's knowledge is suspect and basic.
Total Wine also heavily practices a strategy called Loss Leader, meaning they sell a product that everybody else has for pennies less than it costs them hoping to get you in the store and buying the items that others don't have at huge premiums.
Please take into account I have a strong bias against Total and their corporate practices, but they do have a good selection and stuff you can't find else where.
I take my money to local stores.
09-05-2003 13:23:17 | More by Loki
Total Wine & More in Winston-Salem, NC
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.