Total Wine & More
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Your typical total wine store. You can say what you will but you can usually find something in any one of these stores. That being said, I made a quick trip in on my way into town today. I have a full week up here and a very busy traveling list ahead! Very much the same as the store in my hometown, with a few selection changes. DFH and Founders were nice to see, but I thought the 750.s were lacking. Prices seemed in line with the rest of the world. Again dont try and ask for help, but it is still a good place to drop into if you need a quick fix.
04-21-2010 01:47:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This was a standard Total Wine location, if you've been to others you'll know what to expect. Actually that's not fair, this particular location had slightly less selection than others I've been to (mainly thinking of the Atlanta area locations). Maybe 150 American craft beers, 70 Belgian and a smattering of other countries. Just a guesstimate but probably not too far off.
Everything was available as singles without excessive fee, which is not the case at City Beverage. So if you just want a single of a beer I'd look here first.
12-13-2009 03:15:14 | More by TurdFurgison
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Total Wine and More is mostly a, yes, wine store. But they do have a nice selection of beers. Actually, one of the best in the area in my opinion. Well lit aisles, knowledgable staff, good selection.
There are two aisles devoted to beer. One aisle is domestics and the other is imports. There are divisions in each with sixers and individuals; there are also macro swill available in 12 and 24 packs.
A great selection of imports and domestics are available. With the new alcohol cap limit, it seems there inventory has doubled. Imperial Stouts (no sam smith), double IPA (Rogue only), several barleywines, lots of Belgians, etc. Great selection.
Service is outstanding. Everyone who works there knows about the beers, not just the wines. They are eager to inform one of when new items will be available and sometimes even try to do "special orders", if allowed by law.
Some of the beer selections seem a bit pricey. I have seen cheaper prices in places, but since there are three of these in the area and usually have the largest selection, what can one do?
One drawback: They allow some beers to expire past the "best by" date and do not allow any kind of discount for old beers. So, the beer stays on the shelf.
Overall, a great place to buy beer.
10-08-2005 18:44:14 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.04/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is your typical big box beer and wine store and the interior/decor is nothing special though the dedicated beer section has continued to improve over the last couple of years. The beer section is organized into a seasonal section, domestic craft 4/6 packs, import 4/6 packs, bombers, and single bottles.
The seasonal section is well maintained and the beers that are there are quite fresh. The store seems to be very busy (at least when I have stopped by) and most of the beers are pretty fresh. The store has a large selection and the singles section is very good - lots of choices and very reasonable prices.
The staff is friendly but hit or miss - some are knowledgable while others know nothing about beer. All the folks that I have interacted with have been pleasant and willing to help with any questions.
03-30-2013 00:58:16 | More by dbrauneis
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
4.14/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the place I go to when I'm looking for a good selection of single brews. They have a cooler section, but it consists mostly of the big macros and some local brews mixed in. They have an entire aisle designated for single bottles. Most of the good locals are here (Natty Greene's, Duck Rabbit, Highland, Carolina Brewing Co., etc.). They have a pretty good selection of Belgian and German beers, as well as Scottish and Czech. They carry some great selections of Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Samuel Adams, Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, etc. They also have a pretty good variety of 750's. All of the bottles are individually priced, but you can get a great sixer for under $12. A few of the times I've found outdated brews on the shelves and have tried to bring it to the staff's attention. The staff has been helpful at times, and other times non-existent. They care more for the wine-crowd I've come to find out. Overall, this is one of my favorite spots to check out. I could spend an entire afternoon checking out their selection. I would recommend this place to anyone.
[EDIT] Stopped in on 4-16-09 and they completely revamped their beer section. It looks great! Things are much more organized, and they carry many more beers than they did even a few months ago. They now have Founders, Smuttynose, Lost Coast, among others. It's good to see them raise the bar a bit.
[EDIT] - December '10. This place continually amazes me. They keep getting in stock all the new releases to the state, many times before City Beverage even gets them. They just recently got in Laughing Dog, which I haven't seen anywhere else around. They keep the seasonal shelf well-stocked with great beer, and the turnaround is much better here than many other TWs. I highly recommend this spot. Don't let the stigma keep you away. This one is much better than the norm.
07-22-2008 14:56:33 | More by Onenote81
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on my trip to Winston-Salem for the Sexual Chocolate release.
It is your typical Total Wine store. There is a beer section to the left of where you walk in. There is an isle and a half or so of singles you can mix. The selection was just above average. They did have some bombers and 750's but nothing too great.
The bottles they did have were priced pretty good. It was nice to see 4 packs of founders for very good prices.
Overall just okay. City beer is a much better spot, and it is in downtown Winston-Salem.
02-12-2010 21:14:39 | More by tpd975
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the first real beer store I have been to since moving to North Carolina for the summer. I was truly shocked when I walked in and saw the wine selection. I made my way over to the beer selection and saw about what I expected. There were plenty of brews I had never heard of before and there were also the typicals seen in most places. They did have a fair singles collection. I noticed there were probably some old singles floating around (I saw some dogwood from atlanta which has been out of business for getting close to 9 months now). Prices seemed a bit high. I can get Highland products in Atlanta cheaper than I could hear. Service was basically non existant. This one lady walked by me nearly 15 times and never said a word to me or acknowledged I was there. The guy at the register was very friendly though.
Overall not a bad stop if you happen to be in the area, but probably won't find much that you couldn't get elsewhere.
05-20-2005 22:41:13 | More by blitz134
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in a small shopping center near a Carrabba's.
The beer section is on the far left side of the store after you walk through the door.
There's a small refridgerated section of 5-6 coolers with the big names (Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Macros, local NC brews) and then several shelves of singles and six packs. The singles are all priced individually, so no discounts for buying a sixer. There's a really great selection. Some of the stuff I got: Cantillion, St Bernadus (they have 750s & 4-packs), Great Divide Pale ale + raspberry wheat + ESB, Anchor steam, Sierra Nevada wheat, etc. There's a good assortment of the more popular Belgian beers.
Some prices are better than City Beverage, but mostly they're the same, give or take a buck or two. I actually preferred this store, as it was better lit, and well organized.
Nothing to say about the service one way or the other. Not rude, not friendly. It was just there.
I wish it wasnt a chain, as I'd much rather support an independent business, but this was the best beer store I visited in the W-S area.
01-22-2006 18:15:05 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.6/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Total Wine in Winston-Salem has improved quite a bit over the past couple of years. They actually have a pretty decent selection these days. They have a wide variety of American craft beers in both four/six pack and 22/750s. There is a decent selectin of imports as well. There is a large selection of singles to make your own six pack divided into two sections. There is a small section of current seasonals and a larger selection of year round brews. The seasonals are usually recent, but be wary of the year round singles. Many have been sitting and are out of date.
06-01-2011 00:07:29 | More by EasyReader
Total Wine & More in Winston-Salem, NC
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