Total Wine & More

Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
17 Ratings
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More

Type: Store

8539 Cooper Creek Blvd
University Park, Florida, 34201-2080
United States

(941) 351-7895 | map

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Added by RobH on 10-02-2008

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by aubuc1:
Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

I am very excited to have Total Wines now. They have many beers that I would have to visit multiple shops to get. Their strength is their domestic selection as their European Micro is somewhat comparatively lacking.

There were a lot of people with no one to help them on the beer aisle- I hope this improves as their staffing stabilizes after their recent opening.

Good clean atmosphere stimulates buying. I hope they rotate their inventory so as to keep new labels coming in.

It will be interesting how they impact the other stores in the area, and how the other stores react.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of izzyismyrott
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I have bought over hundred beers in Florida and California stores to better enjoy excursions/escapes from Chicago's winters.
I have been in at least ten stores (including this one), some twice. They all look the same. And they are, of course, predominantly wine stores. But they are such mega-liquor stores that the beer selection is quite large... perhaps a larger ratio favoring beer than Chicago's mega-chain, Binny's.
More important, there are lots of brewers that don't/won't/can't distribute in Illinois.
So Total is the efficient place to go... particularly if you work on obscure, picked-over lists as I do.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good Total Wine. One of the bigger selections for Total Wine in the area.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of wrecknut
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jaialai-untilidie
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Despite the name, this is the best beer store in town (that isn't the Cock & Bull). And despite the location listed, this store is in Sarasota near Lakewood Ranch (University Park is a made-up name the rich snobs use to sound better than Sarasota). Located just off I-75 (exit 213) and University Parkway the southbound off-ramp goes right behind the store.
The beer area has been moved forward from its previous locale (in the back on the right) to in the front, far right as more room appears to have been needed.
Single beers are laid out by country with styles being kept together within. Six & four packs are organized more by brewery. There is now a dedicated seasonal bomber area.
The joint is well lit and the staff is friendly and helpful, if you can find any.
Prices are shown even for the individual bottles and BA and other ratings are shown for the really good stuff. If it doesn't have a "shelf talker" it's under an 80 rating or doesn't have one yet.
The worst thing about this place, located in what locals call the old outlet mall, is leaving. There is so much traffic it is a huge PITA to get out of the mall.
Bombers usually run from $8-11 dollars. Six packs are generally $7-10 but some can run higher as can some of the four packs (odd). I used to think that was high but after a recent trip to Michigan, Indiana & Ohio it ain't thought of as high anymore. It's normal for me to spend $50 almost every time I go unless I take the motorcycle which limits me to 2 sixers and maybe two bombers.

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Photo of awhipker
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My goal for visiting Total Wine was to get Cigar City, Terrapin, DFH, and Lagunitas, all beers that I can't get in Indiana. This is a superstore of alcohol. It's mostly dominated by wine but the craft beer is located in the back right of the store. There is one long aisle dedicated to bombers and singles. Another 2 aisles or so of 6 packs and cases. I found everything I was looking for and theM some. Picked up Jai Alai, White Oak Jai Alai, a Humidor series Jai Alai, Hopsecutioner, 90 min, Rye Squared, Sculpin, and various Lagunitas. I spent about $70 and could've easily spent more. The store was very well kept and the staff were friendly. I was asked a couple of times if I needed help. This will be my go to store when I'm vacationing in that area.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

One of my main goals on my trip to sarasota was to find cigar city beers. Total Wine and More helped accomplish this. It's a huge store with nothing but alcohol and theres a couple isles of craft beer. They have a nice selection of singles including cigar city, st somewhere, oskar blues, lagunitas, and more. I picked up 8 singles, a bomber, and 2 750ml for $46 which I thought was very responsible for the quality. I didn't go to any other beer stores but after this one I don't see any reason to.

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Photo of dpend
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

These stores are basically the Wal-Marts of liquor, beer and wine. Although you have to have your teeth in and your shoes and shirt on to shop there. This store is on the county line of Sarasota and Manatee, but it's in the University Park zip code, so it's kind of misleading. It's exit 213 just west of I-75.

The selection is great, prices are reasonable on most things and the staff is friendly. They could be a bit more knowledgeable, but they try. My quality rating is a bit low due to overdue beers sometimes and dusty bottles. I don't buy dusty things. The liquor and wine bottles aren't dusty; dust the beer bottles please.

Overall, a great place to shop.

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Photo of DrummerDan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

The beer section in the back right corner.

My 3.5 for quality is because I purchased a bad bottle of Duchess De Borgone here. I know it is supposed to be sour, but it shouldn't be flat. They took it back with no problem, but I have not had that happen in a long time.

I've been about 10 times since this location opened and the service is now consistent. It hovers between average and below average depending on the day. During the holidays, I received some decent assistance, but it wasn't expertise. Though I don't need a beer expert; I've got the web, Beer Advocate (and shelf talkers), and friends. I do need prices clearly indicated and I like full shelves. I have also been victim of the expensive bottle recommendation.

There are a few doors of cold beers and two aisles of cases of the normal stuff. There is one aisle of single bottles and one aisle of decent six-packs. This is a warehouse style store so things are spread out. Green's in Atlanta has more bottles displayed (I'll be writing that review sometime this week).

Definitely worth the drive for me and it is convenient to I-75.

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Photo of BarkingLeopard
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Great place.

The store is BIG, and has a wide variety of wine and liquor, enough to keep any non-beer drinkers out of your hair.

I didn't think service was bad at all; quite to the contrary. I visited on what must be one of their busiest days of the year, the Saturday before Christmas, and they had extra people in to help (to the point that I met one of their buyers from DC, shipped down to help with the rush). Given the time of year the place was a zoo (and it's Florida, so imagine older people pushing around carts of wine and blocking aisles), but I was asked if I needed help 2 or 3 times in the course of the 40 minutes I spent browsing. The employees also seemed pretty knowledgeable about their non-beer offerings and friendly in general.

I asked one gent for help finding similar beer the Rogues and Stones I like, and he grabbed a coworker who recommended me some new brews. This guy seemed to know a bit, but not a lot, about beer (not a beer geek). His recommendations checked out with BA's ratings (pretty much B+ and above), and I'm looking forward to trying them. Also got some good shelf talk from a few other patrons (and looking forward to trying the Bell's Expedition I bought because of it), but the beer aisle seemed to be quieter than the rest of the store.

A final note on service: be weary of the upsell here, as always, when asking for ideas from the help. I didn't realize until checkout that one of the beers shoved into my hand was one of the more expensive beers ($8 for an Avery bomber, still not too bad) on the shelf. In short, though, service was about as good as you can get without being overbearing or at the supreme beer geek level.

Selection is very good but not perfect. They didn't have everything I wanted (not all of the Rogues or Stones), but did have one whole side of a ~40 foot aisle stacked with singles, and claim to carry 800 beers. Make sure you pick up their newsprint catalog so that you can come home and look up all their beers on BA.

The store also had some BA shelf tags with the bros' scores; nice touch!

Prices seemed reasonable, not dirt cheap but maybe 5% less than what I'm used to in central Virginia, and their non-beer prices beat several advertised competitor's prices.

Overall: Nice selection, and I'll be heading here anytime I'm in the area and need decent beer, at least until I've worked my way through their other 800 beers.

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

This Total Wine just opened near me and made my year.

It has the largest selection of any store I've been to in the Sarasota area, as well as the best prices, with a few exceptions. They don't have every beer available in Florida, but they carry most of them. You'd have to go to Beer World in Largo for the more exotic Belgians and one-offs.

There's not really any service unless you seek it out. This store has more shelf talkers than other Total Wines I've been to. But you're pretty much on your own there.

This is now my go-to beer store. If you don't like chains, look elsewhere. But for the widest selection in the area, go to Total Wine & More.

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Photo of ECLyons
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

This location just opened so it did not have all of the beers marked on the shelf in stock yet, but I would say that it looked to have about 95% of them so far. For this area Total Wine will be the best place to go as far as selection, and most of the prices I saw were cheaper than other stores in the area, but there were some that were overpriced.

I think the best thing about it was the aisle of just singles to make your own six-pack, the selection was great and there were many things I had never seen in this area.

Overall I would say that if you lived in the Sarasota/Manatee area this is the place to go if you want to get a wide variety of beers, even if you are getting macro beers the prices looked to be cheaper than most places.

Edit: The review by Aubuc1 says there was no one to help on the beer side, which is now true. When I went it was the first day they were open and the guy that helped me worked at the store in Jacksonville and he was just down here helping them get situated. But he and I talked about the different beers for almost 10 minutes and he recommend to me some beers I would not have considered. Hopefully they will be able to hire some people like him.

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Total Wine & More in University Park, FL
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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