Wine Library

very good

17 Ratings
Wine LibraryWine Library

Type: Store

586 Morris Ave
Springfield, New Jersey, 07081-1017
United States

(973) 376-0005 | map

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Added by Lupe on 01-02-2008

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by caddybuyer:
Photo of caddybuyer
5/5  rDev +27.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a re-review. I did a review of this store back in 2008. It is a vastly different store now with the huge changes that Ciccerone Graham Haverfield has made to this place. This now has become possibly the BEST beer destination in NJ, both in selection, and in the care that is placed in making sure that the stock is fresh. Ie, you will not find an unrefrigerated IPA here. Graham turns away all but the freshest of the fresh hop brews, and he also has a knack for securing some rarities. You order from here and you will get everything from the cooler. For years, I went to Garys, or Main Street in Madison, or even up to Boonton. No longer. There really is no reason to go anywhere else.

They also have a great gourmet department.

Oh. And the prices? Best anywhere.


PS: Any review over 18 mos old will not do justice to this place. It is a totally different store since Graham took over the beer here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MacMalt
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This place has an absolutely amazing selection of wines. The selection of craft beers is okay, mostly the more well known standbys. It has a pretty classy ambience.

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Photo of Palealeallday
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A large clean liquor store, very good and large selection of wine. Has well stocked beer selection as well in the back left corner. Mostly large bottles of Domestic and Belgium, good quality some hard to find brews. No build your own 6 pak. Some prices are a bit higher but still competitive with the surrounding area. Staff is friendly and helpful in some cases. There is also a great Italian gourmet food section, cheese, dried meat. Overall a good place to find some large format bottles and holiday brews.

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Photo of Mineo
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2

May 2015 update - Not sure what happened to their beer section? A year or so ago it was solid, their fridges filled to the brim and a bunch of cool bottles in the aisle. The past few months, the fridges are probably 1/3 full (with nothing special) and the bottle section is probably half the size from before. I don't know if they hired a new beer manager or what, but the selection has become quite disappointing here.

Wine selection is solid as usual, but it seems Wine Library is neglecting craft beer and using about 1/3 of the space they could be using for it. I've never seen a beer section with so many empty spots in the fridge and on the shelf. Disappointing. Service non-existent too.

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Photo of RobDB
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of gniv
4.44/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The beer section at the Wine Library has come a long way in the last year. If you're reading older reviews, they are probably obsolete.

Even though wine is king here, they are obviously trying hard to attract beer geeks. They have a few knowledgeable people during prime hours, and the "staff picks" are surprisingly non-trivial. That's how I got to try the Elysian Immortal IPA, or the Caldera IPA, and I'm very happy I did -- I discovered that northwest IPAs agree with my taste buds.

If you are looking for something specific, you may not find it. They often run out of highly sought-after brews, or they simply don't stock the entire line from a brewery. Or they do. It's rather random. But you're always likely to find something new, and they have a good selection from local breweries.

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Photo of LethalChickens
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place has come a long way in the last 6-8 Months. They have definitely allocated time to developing a craft beer section. Its seems as if it continually is growing as well.
The difference between this beer store and another is the fact that almost everything is fresh. They don't have that dingy and dusty bottle selection that has been sitting on the shelf for god knows how long. Its a very clean well kept section. Another plus to this is their wine selection. Two birds with one stone and I like that. If they keep this up it will def become a frequent stop on my NJ store list. Its worth the drive.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

This store is devoted to wine hints the name. I was happy to see that there beer selection was filled with quality. although the prices were quite high, they did have some old stock ale which is one of my favorites as well as some Penneport at 6 buck for 11.2oz.(a good deal if you asked me). The cold selection is about the same size as the uncool section which is only about 4 single door fridges with mostly six packs and a small fridge for singles. I enjoyed the selection and that is probably the only thing that will make me stop back again. worth the stop if your in the area but don't make a special trip in my opinion.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

The store itself is humongous. Located conveniently on the corner of Morris Avenue, this sprawling liquor store is without a doubt almost entirely devoted to wine. There is decent-sized beer selection towards the far-left corner on the first floor boasting several craft breweries and a few foreigns. The place is pricey and service is sporadic at best. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to stop in and check out what kind of rotating selection might be available at a given time; just be prepared to spread your wallet wide.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

considering this place's (seemingly) massive size (its not as big on the inside as it looks), I was hoping for more of a beer selection than what I found. They do have some good stuff and a decent craft selection (stone, some dogfish, etc.) but nothing too special it seemed. I didn notice they had some books and such upstairs like Sam Calagione's and such which was pretty cool. If you're into wine I'm sure its a hot spot, but from what I've seen the beer selection isn't too much to go out of your way for. (Unless, of course, you have no access to craft beer at other immediate places).

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

what a nice store - 2 floors, an incredible selection of wines and spirits, 'cellar' room, elevator, nice restroom, large mac computers set up at stations to check out reviews, gourmet cheeses set out for tasting, etc. - i happened to be wearing a ba tee shirt when i went in - mike came over to me to point out some of the newer stuff they got in, and explained that they were just starting out with their craft beer section - i found beers here that i have not seen elsewhere - moylan's hopsickle, victory v12 and wild ale , hoppin frog b.o.r.i.s. oatmeal stout, founders , rochefort 10, -
a promising start, as they are still appointing shelf space for the beer -
mike bain seems to know his stuff-

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Photo of russoneri
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

Wine Library is an incredible Wine store that also sells high end spirits, plenty of really, REALLY expensive single malts (some in the $1000s) and a huge assortment of cheeses and cured meats. Since this is BA, I'll limit my reveiw to their beer dept.

Decent selection, a handful of Dogfish and Founders beers along with the typical array of Sam Adams and macros. Pretty nice import selection, but very limited when compared to other beer shops in the area. Very good prices. But the thing I'd like to share with the rest of BA is the absolutely incredible service I was given.

I had called the shop and spoken with someone named Mike asking if they were going to sell a limited release seasonal beer that most BAers go crazy for. Mike told me that NJ would not be getting any of that beer and so we hung up. About an hour later I had a message from him in which he said he was mistaken and that they would in fact be getting some of it. The thing is I didn't leave my number, they actually used caller ID from my prior call to contact me! When I called back, I was told that they would have at least 1 case and that if I wanted a 4 pack, he would hold it for me. I asked for 2 and he said ok. I asked "do I have to call back in a couple of weeks to check if you got it?" but the reply was no. Sure enough 3 weeks later I get a call from Mike telling me they have it and that they would hold both 4 packs for me. What incredible service!!! They made a customer for life now.

BTW - if I could grade this store not only for it's beer, but for everything they offer, I would give it 5s across the board. What a great place! If you like wine as much as beer, you will be in heaven here...

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Photo of alyankus
3.85/5  rDev -2%

The Winelibrary is an amazing wine shop with a good beer selection. For the space they have dedicated to beer they have a good range. Last time I was there they had most of the Stones, lots of Troegs, Founders, Allagash, Southern Tier and Hoppin Frog. The staff range from solid to confused (what store doesn't?) but if you're looking for top notch help you should ask for Neil the beerguy or Mike Bain the buyer. Both have a great grasp of craft beer and know their section well. The prices are very reasonable as most 6pk case prices range $1 or so above wholesale cost.
If I have one complaint it would be that they have a decent warm shelf and 3 doors of singles but still have some stuff hidden in the back. This is not because they are hoarding it but because they lack the space in their section to display all of their product. So it helps to ask if you don't see something. All in all a great beer location if you're in NJ but wine is definitely the focus.

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Photo of Lupe
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

This place is an impressive store for wine. Two levels with a climate controlled room upstairs that has some bottles over $10K. There is a gourmet cheese and food area to the right of the store. And the liquor selection is nice as well with quite a few single malts.

The beer area on the far left of the store has room for improvement. Pretty much anything of interest is in the fridges. Selection is fairly light, but not bad. Locals include Troegs, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, and Victory. Just about the full Sam Adams line is there as well as some Flying Dog and others. A couple of Belgians - I remember Chimay, Lindemans, and Leffe. Service on the beer end is not so hot - people are willing to help, but don't know much about beer. Prices are reasonable.

Overall not a bad place, but nothing special. Good stop if in the area or if you find yourself there for wine - the main draw.

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