Total Wine & More
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 11
3.13/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
It's Total Wine.. yet another one.. you know the drill. Generic warehouse isles, employees for the most part who are sometimes aloof, other times disinterested. So what's unique about this one compared to many of the others in the DC beltway area?
First off, this one for beer selection is considerably smaller. While the selection is about comparable to the other Total Wine's in the area, there is less shelf space and the isles are extremely narrow creating a real sense of claustrophobia.
Service at this one is indifferent. Employees are hardly around, or goofing off and joking around. Upper management doesn't seem to be around much either.
The access to this place is also really annoying and confusing in the area, and feels like it is completely in the middle of nowhere.
You aren't going to find something here that you wouldn't find at one of the better Total Wine stores that are in the area. If you do happen to just be in the area though, you can swing by for some simple pick me ups, but you're not going to find anything special here or have a spectacular shopping experience.
08-10-2013 15:59:00 | More by smakawhat
District of Columbia
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the closest Total Wine from my home.
It's a nice place that's only a hop skip and a jump from a shopping center that includes a K-Mart, Trader Joe's, and tons of fast food eating establishments.
They have most of the regular local stuff that I have come to expect from a beer and wine store worth their salt: Troegs, Legend, Dogfish Head, DuClaw (new to the Virginia area), Alewerks, Heavy Seas, and many others. Some other breweries off the top of my head: Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, Stone, Victory, Weyerbacher, and many, many others.
The thing I totally dig about TW in general is the ability for a person to create your own craft 6-pks. This location is no exception. On this particular occasion, I grabbed a snack pack of warm weather-themed brews to enjoy throughout the course of the week.
The prices are good. For instance, the bombers of Southhampton: Saison Deluxe and Sculpin I picked up ran $9.99 and $8.99 respectively.
In terms of service, this place is what it is... nothing more. Most of the employees generally don't know much about the idiosyncracies of the craft industry and are not as likely to carry some of the special release brews.
This is a worthwhile stop if you happen to be in the immediate area.
04-08-2011 11:55:46 | More by Chaney
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a very good wine store with a decent beer selection. We went here recently while visiting my in-laws in Northern VA.
Their beer selection is strong. There is one long aisle with one side being devoted to singles & bombers. Hundreds of beers available in singles. The other side of the aisle was 6 packs of craft beer. A lot of good stuff here. Pretty much full catalogs from Victory, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Troegs, Stone, Stoudts, etc. It certainly looks to me that most major craft brewers available in VA are fully represented here. Prices seemed very reasonable. I picked up 6 packs of Prima Pils for $7.49. I think the Racer 5 IPA 6 pack was $8.49. The Green Flash West Coast IPA was $11.99. All pretty decent prices.
I didn't really interact with anyone in the beer aisle, so I can't comment too much on the service, although they were OK in their helping my wife in the wine section.
I went to this location because it was convenient coming off the interstate, but I will say that the Fairfax location has a bit bigger & better selection, though there was certainly plenty of good stuff here.
08-10-2010 17:43:04 | More by mklinger
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
High quality here. A larger selection of Craft beer than Macro brews. The store was clean and well-organized.
I did not experience any level of service... but I didn't ask for any service either. So an average Service mark is fitting, I suppose.
A very good selection of craft beer, right off I-95 at the South end of Washington DC. I found many brews not available in Maryland, but nothing jumped-out at me as something AMAZING. Perhaps my timing was off, or perhaps this location doesn't stock super-rare brews... either way, this place had a wider craft beer selection than most.
I would definitely go back if I were in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip just for this place...
08-08-2010 15:06:01 | More by jgasparine
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First beer store to hit on the way down to Florida.
Situated in a maze of mini-malls is Total Wine. Ideally located near the highway.
The bulk of the store is of course wine but near the end of the store is what i was looking for. On one side is all the 6-packs available and at the end of the aisle is all the single bottles available. Only had a limited amount of time but i grabbed a Samael, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Nectar IPA and others.
Service was helpful and to the point.
Selection, for a U.S. craft beer starved Canadian, was great. Would have bought a lot more if i had the time.
Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're driving by on the highway.
09-19-2008 14:20:12 | More by papat444
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hard to find unless you know where to look. This was previously mentioned and true.
Mostly dedicated to wine but the three to four rows of beer are LOOOONG rows.
Nice selection of kegs in the cooled area of Bell's Guinness, Clipper city, Pyramid, Yuengling, standard Macro brews, Dogfish.
Picked up my keg of Dogfish 90 minute and Bell's Kalamazoo Stout there.
Recently raised keg deposit to $25. Oh well, at least it gets refunded.
Good selection of 6-packs, or you can buy singles and make your own 6-pack. While the staff is not very knowledgeable of the beer section, they do try to get the information for you and VERY accommodating.
If you have a keg request they do their absolute best to get it for you.
03-28-2008 15:44:38 | More by skibumdc
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Franconia-Springfield location of Total Wine is lost in the massive sprawl of adjacent strip malls that have completely overtaken the Backlick Rd./Commerce St. area. I agree with some other reviewers--MapQuest it.
The beer selection spans two long aisles, or four runs. One entire aisle is devoted to six-packs. The back section of the next aisle stores beer by the case; these range from Genessee to Sam Adams, but rarely more micro than the BBC. The front section of that aisle is half single bottles, half cold case.
The conditions for the single bottles are not ideal; however, if you shop intelligently, it's not a problem to make some real finds here. I located 2005's DFH WWS and Avery Beast Grand Cru, with no evidence of either being light-struck or heat-afflicted.
Some US breweries represented are Avery, North Coast, Stone (although not the special releases), DFH, Flying Dog, BBC, Smuttynose, Victory, Great Divide and Troegs, along with some other, mostly East Coast, breweries. A decent selection of non-American stuff, too, from Unibroue (yes, they DO carry it) to Harviestoun. I've made many a decent mixed-sixer here, resulting in fun tastings of new brews.
That being said, if you need expert advice, personal attention or need to feel like the establishment at which you shop meets or exceeds your personal level of Beer Karma, this may not be the place for you. If you can walk into a store, however, and be perfectly fine knowing that you are the most beer-educated person in the building, Total Wine in Springfield may have a few nice surprises for you.
10-02-2006 18:52:25 | More by BlackJeremiah
3.85/5 rDev +1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was visiting a friend who lives in Franconia and he offered to take to this store which is only ~ 4 miles from his home. The store is located near the Springfield Mall, I-95 and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. Total Wine & More is a store that looks like a grocery store from the outside, but sells wine and beer. There are eight Total Wine & More stores in the Northern VA area.
When I entered the store, I observed shopping carts and baskets. An employee directed us to the beer section, which was off to the right. Most of the store was devoted to wine, but the beer section was where I headed. One row of shelves held single bottles of beer and empty six pack holders were present so customers could make their own mixed six packs. Another row was lined with six packs of craft beers. I also spotted some shelves holding cases of beer.
I had two passengers in my car and a trunk full of luggage, so I had to restrain myself and limit my beer purchases, which is difficult to do when you're from PA and am not used to seeing beer only stores that sell beer as singles or as six packs.
Their selection covered most of the popular eastern breweries such as Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Victory, Weyerbacher, Otter Creek, Troegs, Smuttynose, Shipyard, Stoudts, Lancaster, Yards, Allagash, Magic Hat, Clipper City, et al. Some western breweries were also represented: Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Avery, Bear Republic, Great Divide, North Coast, Rogue, and Stone.
Picked up three different 22 oz. bottles of Bear Republic beer, which I've never tried: Racer 5, Big Bear Stout and Red Rocket. These bottles cost either $4.59 or $5.99. Picked up a four pack of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA for $9.49, a six pack of Geary's Hampshire Special Ale (they should thank Johnny P for his support), a Magic Hat Joe's Garage Variety 12 pack and a six pack of St. George IPA.
My friend, a hop head, picked up a six pack of Victory Hop Wallop (she should like this beer), a four pack of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and a six pack of 2006 Sierra Nevada Big Foot Barleywine.
I did not check the foreign beer selection while I was shopping, but I did take home their buying guide which lists the beers and wines that are carried by the store. I also picked up a nice free booklet that is a Guide to Wine, Spirits and Beer.
Overall, I was satisfied with this store and plan to return whenever I visit my friend.
04-04-2006 12:48:58 | More by MikefromDormont
4/5 rDev +5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped off here on my way home from work and picked up a variety sixer.
Decent selection of beers overall; extensive collection of East Coast microbrews and a fair amount of foreign offerings, though not many beers from the West Coast or Midwest. The store carries mostly wine.
I had heard bad things about the service, but I was quite pleased. A nice young employee initiated a conversation when he saw me looking at beer and provided some (so far) very good recommendations of regional brews after I told him I had just moved to the area. He seemed very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Prices for sixers weren't too bad, but singles were a little steep in my opinion.
A good experience, I'll definitely be going back.
07-06-2005 02:43:24 | More by popsicleian
4/5 rDev +5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Total Wine and More used to be called Fine Wine. If I recall correctly, Fine Wine was NOT owned by the Total Beverage chain during its first year or two of operation. During that time, the beer selection was significantly better.
At some point, the store was purchased by Total Beverage, and things began to go slightly downhill. It still has a lot of beer to offer, but in recent years they've started to put more emphasis on fast-moving stuff like Pete's or Samuel Adams, at the expense of slower-moving items.
The majority of their selection is American, either microbrews, regional brews like Samuel Adams and Redhook (which are, realistically, too big to be considered micros), and macrobrews like Bud and Coors. And they have a LOT of American beers. Every brewery on the eastern seaboard is probably represented on their shelves, along with wider-ranging offerings like Rogue, Abita, and Anchor.
Their international offerings are not as impressive, and I was disappointed to find that they'd stopped carrying Unibroue (my 2nd favorite brewery). That said, they do have some interesting Belgian beers.
There are certainly better beer stores in the area, but if you live near the Springfield Mall, it's hard to beat the convenience. And you will almost certainly find something worth drinking.
04-14-2004 16:27:49 | More by Afterburner
Total Wine & More in Springfield, VA
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.