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Wine Gourmet

Wine GourmetWine Gourmet
BA SCORE
89
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Store ]

3524 Electric Rd.
Roanoke, Virginia, 24018
United States
phone: (540) 400-8466

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SiriusBock

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Since moving down the road, the layout is better and more spacious. About half of the store is beer, the only reason wine is a little larger is because the bottles take up more space. Prices are a bit much, since you can go down the road a mile to the Kroger and get most of these beers. The man working knew all and can answer any question imaginable. I threw some obscure questions at him and he was able to answer them. They also have tastings all the time which is nice. Good place to find the hard to get, at a cost.

07-08-2011 13:07:58 | More by SiriusBock
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cullumbeer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I had a great experience at this place.

The guy working there was very knowledgeable and helpful. When asked about specific rare beers, he was able to give specifics on quantities, distribution, and the like. Great service.

The selection was quite good as well. While the Kroger will offer more variety and a larger selection of out of state beers, Wine Gourmet offers more of the local variety.

A large amount of beer sold as singles is available as well.

Prices are a bit high.

Primarily a wine store, as the name makes clear, but overall a great place.

I would recommend this place for folks from out of town looking for local beers.

05-01-2011 03:14:47 | More by cullumbeer
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ewright

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$

Wine Gourmet, as its name states, is primarily a wine shop, but about 20% of the floor is reserved for beer. I went in this past weekend looking for beers I can't get in NC, hoping to find Tröeg's, Firestone Walker, etc. No luck. However, I did find Clown Shoes, which has been undergoing some recent expansion, so not all was lost. I also found a Lindeman's Cuveé Rene, which I've not seen in NC and, most excitingly for me, Shooting Creek Farm's Capsicum Stout!

Prices were a bit steep ... $14/6pk for the Capsicum stout, other stuff seemed about $1 higher than I'm used to paying in NC.

Atmosphere was great. They were doing a wine tasting, which kept my wife entertained whilst I browsed the shelves. The owners were super nice, chatting with me about how the NC beer seen has made such great strides in the past few years. They were primarily a wine shop, but they are very knowledgable about beer as well.

Overall, it's worth paying them a visit if you're in the Roanoke area. If you keep in mind that they are primarily a wine shop, you shouldn't be disappointed.

04-27-2011 02:35:17 | More by ewright
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dnolan36

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

I live in Roanoke so it is nice to have a store with a decent variety of craft beers. The selection of course seems to change with the seasons and there is always new things popping up on the shelves. Of course, the main craft breweries they carry are Founders, Bell's, Stone, The Bruery, Oskar Blues, Victory, Duck-Rabbit, Dogfish Head and there are more that I cannot think of at this time. They also have a selection of imports from Belgium and other places. Overall the selection is fairly good for a city with not a huge craft beer market. Though the selection is not huge, what they do have is high quality. Not too many bad beers at this place.

Aaron the beer buyer is very good and knowledgeable. He is always extremely friendly and there to answer any questions you may have when he is working.

The only negative thing is their prices on some things can be higher than average. However, I have to suck it up and pay their prices because a lot of the things they have cannot be purchased anywhere else in town.

03-04-2011 15:00:35 | More by dnolan36
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I stopped here for the second time and was surprised to find a few seasonals I couldn't find elsewhere. The service of this place was excellent, and there was a nice selection of singles. I only wish they had a little more beers in the area, but then again I am unsure of distribution as far as Carolina beers and remoteness from eastern Virginia. For Roanoke and other than a few other places in Blacksburg, it probably is the best or one of the best places you will be able to go for craft beer. I will also say that there was some improvement in areas compared to the year before when I visited, something if it continues will make this a prime destination for beer geeks.

01-06-2011 22:13:58 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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mralphabet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Loved my Friday Drive by when Wine Gourmet was near my house, but they moved... so I don't get by a often as I would like.

First note: They are a Wine Store (thus the name) so beer is not as big a focus...

Quality: Quality has always been very good... and continues to be good

Service: Very knowledgeable staff.... They can lead you to some good brew depending on your taste.

Selections: When they were near me they had to compete with a large Kroger... now that they have moved to the new location (next to a Ukrops...( no beer or wine sales )) they are not pushed like they were so the selection is a little down. They do have great selection of beers... Stone, Legends, Southern Tier, Allagash, Acme and lots of others.... maybe the best in Roanoke.. ( not like Vintage Cellars in Blacksburg)...

Value: They are a bit pricey.... I would run by the Kroger a few miles away... they have a lot of the same things and priced a little lower..

Overall the people at Wine Gourmet have always made me feel welcome and that keeps me coming back.

05-11-2009 20:24:52 | More by mralphabet
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CpnYates

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$$

I should have taken the time to review wine gourmet earlier.

First off the name is wine gourmet, and I know this place was not designed to be a beer Mecca or anything but they have a huge Yes we have beer in the window now, so i figured they may have expanded.

Nope. The selection is pretty meager- but not bad, and everything is high quality. A small cooler houses some brews.

But man the pricing is crazy high. I'm talking six packs of Nugget nectar 17 bucks high. And with the Kroger just up the road having a superior selection (as well as really good prepared meals) there needs to be a serious re-evaluation of pricing and or selection for me to begin to return to Wine Gourmet. Sorry fellas I'd love to support the small stores, but it's a big hurdle to pay 3-5 bucks more for a sixer.

04-23-2009 18:16:56 | More by CpnYates
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1111k

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$$

I have been unimpressed with Wine Gourmet. They moved from a prior location in Botetourt, Virginia in order to provide wine / beer next door to a large grocery chain which does not carry alcohol. W G simply does not have the inventory to compete with Kroger's in Roanoke. Plus they are a wine store first with beer seeming to be an afterthought. Their prices are high (I know they are the little guy and have to charge a bit more) and they are unable to order kegs (at least as of the date of this review). For some reason Hop and Wine only distributes to this place so if you are looking for Bell's (Hop and Wine has the license - MONOPOLY - to distribute Bell's in practically all of Western and Southwestern Virginia) this is your only hope unless you want to travel to Blacksburg, Virginia's Vintage Cellar. If you visit, do not get your hopes too high.

04-03-2009 14:53:09 | More by 1111k
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VaTechHopHead


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$

Just stopped by there to pick up my six pack of Hopslam!!! (Mad props to the beer guys there for hooking me up). Anyway, the store is real nice and the staff is very knowledgeable...I only talked to Aaron, not Mike though. Their selection isn't the biggest in the world but what they do carry is real good beer. Nothing super rare but miles better than anything else you can find in the immediate Southwest Virginia area. The only drawback is that since it's the only beer store in the area their prices can be a couple dollars higher than what you would see at a Total Wine or other beer stores. Beggars cannot be choosers as I see it though...I'd rather pay a dollar or two more for good beer than to suck it up and go slumming at Kroger or Wal-Mart. Oh yeah, free beer tastings on Fridays from 5-8...if the employees are reading this, bigger samples please???? I'd recommend a stop in if you're in the area...pretty neat, down home, great atmosphere beer shop!

01-31-2009 00:52:18 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Durge

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I was visiting Roanoke on business and stopped here to check it out this week. It's easy to find, right off 581, the highway that dissects Roanoke. It's relatively small but is neatly presented with a very well organized and credible selection of beers in one corner of the store. The rest is devoted to what appears to be a goodly selection of wine and related goodies. As their name would suggest, the focus here is wine and the atmosphere is deceidedly more in line with that then the typical discount beer outlet. The beer selection contained a solid variety of foreign imports and domestic micros. Somewhat all over the map, little of everything. There was plenty of new stuff for me to pick out some keepers for the flight home, a number of things I was unfamiliar with from all over the US. I was hoping to see more local stuff and instead found a solid selection of brews from my own part of the country (northeast). The strongest points here for me were the friendly and informed service (thanks to Aaron & Mike) as well as the open option to buy singles (even if you had to break a 6/4-pack. There were some items put aside for special discounts due to shelf life but most of the stock looked fresh. Some are kept in coolers and most are on shelves. This is the best selection I've run into in Roanoke but the only other I've seen is Market Square, which wasn't bad either. A lot of the best items here were ones I could get back home so I would think this would be even better for the Roanoke locals who might have a hard time tracking down such brews otherwise. Pricing was pretty standard faire for the selection. But again, I was very impressed with how much time they spent talking with me and assisting me in my search of the stock. I got some good tips that helped me choose what would get stuffed in my luggage (everything made it home in one piece!). Service with a smile and plenty of good old beer chat for an enjoyable experience. I'm sure this would be a very regular stop for me if I lived anywhere close by. As it is I will return whenever in Roanoke.

05-17-2008 04:17:37 | More by Durge
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Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA
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