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Total Wine & More - Triangle Plaza

Not Rated.
Total Wine & More - Triangle PlazaTotal Wine & More - Triangle Plaza
BA SCORE
89
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
[ Store ]

6105 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27616-2943
United States
phone: (919) 235-0000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @totalwine

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Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DavidHume, Aug 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

MsShira08, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

robebo44, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ABVerageJoe
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%

Visited this Total Wine just before Christmas as I was looking to put together a custom 6-pack for my brother for the holidays. While I was looking to stop by World of Beer, my mother suggested that I stop here while in the area.

I am very glad I did. It had an aisle full of craft beers, bombers and imports and had the option to buy singles, bombers, six packs, twelve packs and cases.

The customer service was awesome. A young man approached me as I was scanning beers and offered to help me find the beers on my list. I had a bunch listed, but he looked up the ones he didn't know and even busted open a 12-pack of Lions Stout since they were out of singles.

Great selection, pleasantly surprised. I will likely return for some bombers.

ABVerageJoe, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%

The Total Wine on Capital Boulevard is usually my go to beer store. This Total Wine is well organized and generally well stocked. I have been able to find some of the releases that are harder to find in the area at this Total Wine including Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Terrapin Moo Hoo, and Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary series. The staff at this location is very helpful. On several occasions I have called or asked in person about a beer’s availability or upcoming release and they are quick to help. They have on a few occasions known from memory of the availability, but are always willing to check the computer for me. I visit this store a few times a month and have never been disappointed.

tdm168, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%

This Total Wine is pretty much in line with every other Total Wine that i have ever been to. Pretty good selection of nothing that spectacular. Every so often they will get some decent seasonal brews but its usually a few weeks after places like Sam's and Whole Foods (wade ave). Also be very careful about the beer you buy there and only get brews that have an expiration date on them or that you know are relatively fresh because they will keep beer on the shelf for a looong time. I have made the mistake of buying skunked beer there more than once and its easy to do.

Wolfpack2005, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of FloppyDog
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Similar to my other review of the Total Wine at North Hills, they have a nice selection of fairly rare beers with a decent mix and match single bottle wall.

Again, I feel that they could use a little more refrigeration space so that they could have more variety of cold beer on hand. That being said, I have not encountered any beers from them that had passed their prime.

The prices are much better than buying single bottles at the bar, that's for sure. Overall, a quality place to stock your fridge with a variety of rarer brews that most stores do not carry.

FloppyDog, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of jimmyjames8
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Stopped in 5/30/09. They have changed this store around a lot. They have tons of beer here now. You have to go up and down all the isles to see them all. The beers are everywhere. That's the good news. The bad news is they are 50cents a 6er more than Lowes Food on beers they have in common. TW&M is cheaper than Whole (paycheck) Foods on the beers they have in common. That is not hard to do. More bad news. I got home with a 4 pack of DFH Palo Santo Marron and discovered it was 6 months old. The DFH 60 IPA was 4 months old. Caveat Emptor.

jimmyjames8, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

I finally got a chance to peruse this store at my leisure, and was grateful to find some things that had been eluding me back home in Greensboro. Quality seemed ok, but there were a few seasonals sitting around that I thought may be somewhat out of date (Witte and a few oktoberfests) but a lot of the shelves were getting empty so I suppose the turnover rate is decent.

The clerks were friendly and I had a very helpful stocker assist me in finding out if certain things were sold out or not, but no one seemed to be on the beer savvy side of things.

A nice selection as with most total wines. Scores of imports; Weihenstephaner, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Delirium, Unibroue, Sam Smith's; great mix of Belgian, German, and to a lesser extent English beers. The craft brew section was a bit more impressive. Multiple offerings from nearly every brewery in the state; Carolina Beer Co., Cottonwood, Duck-Rabbit, Weeping Radish, Highland, and Big Boss. Tons of widely available craft brews such as Avery, Victory, Ommegang, Sam Adams, New Holland, Shipyard, Bells, Hop Ottin, Fort Collins, Penn, and several others.

Prices were good enough. Nothing amazing but I wasn't left gasping in horror.

Another solid Total Wine with some good offerings representative of the local scene as well as craft beer in general. Worth a browse if you're in the area.

PatrickJR, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Caesar1pup
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Been shopping at Total Wine for a few years now. Overall I would have to say the selection is, as the name implies, tilted towards the wine lover. However, their beer selection is excellent too.
The service has always been good and on my most recent visit they manager made a call to the distributor to order a new beer that is recently available in NC. He not only called the distributor but called another store to make sure they ordered the same beer. Exceptional! I can not think of too many places that I have run into in the triangle that have gone out of their way like Total Wine to make me happy.

Caesar1pup, May 01, 2007
Photo of Conrad
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

As an out-of-towner visiting relatives for the Christmas holidays, I took the opportunity to do a beer run. This site pointed me in the right direction. I had several stops mapped out with the intention of picking up some beers at each. It turned out to be unneccessary because this shop had all I needed. As part of a big mall, it was easy to get in and out, and parking near the door was available. I won't go into a description of the place as it was covered by previous reviewers. The service was adequate, as it's a self serve store. I put together a bunch of six packs for a total purchase of 84 different beers that are not available at home in Canada. Local craft beers like DuckRabbit and Carolina Blonde were all here. The check-out guy was very efficient in ringing up my order and packing it up for transport. But then again, that's his job. The prices are acceptable. All in all, a very satisfying shopping trip.

Conrad, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Stopped in here on Sunday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend and pretty much had the store to myself.

It is bright and clean and decently sized. For the most part, the beer is located on the extreme left side of the store, relegated to a single aisle on the wall. After all, the name of the store is Total Wine and More, and the majority of their square footage is dedicated to wine. There was a big stack of recently released summer beers from Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Saranac, as well as stacks of cases of Unibrou 750's (Troi Pistoles, Blanche de Chambly, Maudite, etc.), 3 Chouffe's, and the range of Andelot Belgian ales.

You are first presented with a fairly decent selection of singles of pretty much all their 6 pack offerings arranged alphabetically by brewery. The top of the shelves hold bombers and 750's from Allagash, Anderson, Avery, and Rogue. Next is their selection of Belgians which include Cosendonk, Duvel, Foret, Chimay, Lindeman's, Maredsous, Nostradamus, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Troublette, Val-Dieu, and Westmalle. After the Belgians, it is a hodgepodge of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Japanese, and miscellaneous countries. This area seemed fairly disorganized and picked over, but did include a decent range of Sam Smiths, Wychwood, Youngs, as well as Meantime.

After the singles, it is the full range of four/six packs arranged alphabetically. The Americans included Abita, Allagash, Anchor, Anderson, Avery, Brooklyn, Butte Creek, Carolina, Cottonwood, Dogfish Head, Duck Rabbit, Edenton, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Harpoon, Highland, Left Hand, Mendocino, North Coast, Ommegang, Otter Creek, Pyramid, Rogue, Saranac, Shipyard, Tupper's (but no Dominion), Victory, and Wolaver's. There were fairly complete lines from each of the breweries, but special releases such as DFH Fort and Golden Showers were not available.

The balance of the aisle was stocked with four/six packs from Belgium, England, Germany, etc. While walking around the store picking up some wine, I came across a big stack of Duvel, Ommegang, Victory, and a few others. It was strange to find these on the other side of the store, but the more I walked around, the more random placements I found. Pyramid Apricot on one corner, Saranac on another.

Dates for the most part seemed current and dusty bottles were a rare sight. Prices were reasonable, and about what I would pay elsewhere.

Service was passable and one sales person was able to answer questions about availability. The sales clerk was pleasant enough.

Their flyer says that they carry 1,000 microbrews which seems like a bit of a stretch. But I found plenty of local flavors and a decent mix national and international brands. Not a destination stop, but worth stopping in if you are nearby.

hopsaplenty, May 30, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

2-5-06 Edit: Stopped in again yesterday while in the area. The selection definitely pales in comparison to the Brier Creek location. Salesperson was helpful.

Original: This is a huge warehouse, and, as the name suggests, full of wine. But the beer selection is pretty good, although I've found that I like the selection better at Brier Creek.

As an example, I was looking for Celebrator's and they didn't carry it nor did they have any on order. The young gentleman that helped me was fairly knowledgable and made some recommendations, although since I've become a BA regular I think I knew more than he did about the beers.

The store was new, clean with large aisles. Would like to see more coolers with craft and micros, but I think they will continue to grow now that we have gotten rid of the 6% cap.

I found the selection better at Peace Street Market, but TW is closer.

doppelmeup, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Sayson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

This outpost of the TW empire is the one I visit most frequently. It has the largest selection of beer of any one in the state that I've been to. The store is clean and well-lit. The aisles are wide enough for multiple people to shop easil. Service is hard to characterize. As a BA, I don't need much service, but intereactions have shown me that they aren't as familiar with craft beer as they could be. They have a broad slection only Whole Foods and a couple of others are in the same league. They lose points on two counts. First, they still stock beer from defunct breweries like Atlanta's Dogwood. Second, I don't think they turn their beer over very rapdily. I purhcased a Duck Rabbit Brown Ale there that was almost bland. When I purchased the same beer at Sam's in Durham, it was extremely hoppy. Overall, value is good, but I would like to see more sales on craft beer once in a while.

11/22: I am deducting half a point on Quality based on their poor selection of cold craft beer. They have several cold cases, but the only hoppy beer I saw cold was DFH 90 Minute IPA. A great beer to be sure, but they carry a dozen other IPA, so how about a little choice? When I wenrt to check out, the clerk asked me if I found everything OK. I told her they had a meager selection of craft beer cold. She said nothing else. No sorry or follow up, just silence. I really wish this store (and this chain) cared more about beer, but they are called Total WINE for a reason.

Sayson, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

They have a pretty good selection of beers, most definately better than the cary location. For som reason total wine always feels lacking in the beer department. They have a nice selection of micros and imports but have high prices for such a large chain in my opinion. I have found many of the same beers for cheaper at local outlets such as team beverage (only a short ride on 540 to louisburg road away) and peace street market. Descent selection, descent prices, overall just descent. Not really a place to seek out at all, but if you pass it you might as well stop.

silver0rlead, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Total Wine is a new chain to the area. I found the selection at the two Raleigh stores to be very, very similar. I have heard they are interesting in working with the local beer movement to get the NC law changed from it's current ABV level. The store is well lit. All the beers I purchased in green or clear bottles were the worse for wear as a result. They do have an interesting selection, and the store is impeccably clean.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 20, 2003
Total Wine & More - Triangle Plaza in Raleigh, NC
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.