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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Reviews
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

691 Naamans Rd
Claymont, Delaware, 19703-2309
United States

(302) 792-1322 | map
totalwine.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.05%
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Went down here on the reccomendation of a few helpful BAs. Just a jaunt down 476 and 95, this store is just over the DE/PA border.

The store is absolutely massive, but about 95% of the store is wine, which is great, if that's what you're there for. I looked around and saw some good deals and some nice vintages, but I wasn't there to get wine.

The beer section is one aisle of the store, about 30 feet long, a few "featured" short shelves, and a big walk in fridge. I the mix of beers was mostly either local or Belgian, or pseudo-Belgian. Locals were Victory, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, and a few others. Magic Hat was also in house. Besides those, almost all of the trappists were represented, with decent variety, and a good number of pseudo-Belgians, such as Unibroue, Allagash, and Ommegang, all a little higher priced than I'm used to, but not bad. I would have liked the Lambic selection to go past Lindemans to more authentic brewers. However, in a positive note, a few obscure Biere de Gardes and Saisons were represented here.

Singles of everything were available.

This was also the first time this year I've seen Sam Adams Octoberfest, which, while not the best of the style (or best spelled, even), was being sold for 10 dollars a 12, which isn't a bad deal.

Two critiques --

1.) More than a few beers that I was looking forward to snapping up (Bernardus, several Rogue varieties) were out of stock. They have to keep better tabs on inventory, methinks.

2.) When I was at the checkout, the woman at the register picked each of the bottles by the neck, and dropped them a good foot into the box she had. I seriously thought that one or more of them was going to break. I had the feeling that she wouldn't have done this with an expensive bottle of wine, and I was right -- the one bottle of wine I purchased was handled in a much more careful manner.

All in all, I'm glad I made the trip, although I can't see this being a regular journey for me.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Decent chain store with good craft beer selection, tons of Dogfish. Lots from Mid-Atlantic and some oddball imports too. Be prepared for some crowds though, aisles are very narrow and makes browsing difficult.

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.1/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of rickzim1
4.79/5  rDev +26.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is amazing. The selections in liquor, wine and of course beer is unending. If they don't have it, it hasn't been made. Hundreds of beer selections in bottles, cans, kegs and a growler station will make any beer enthusiasts feel like he's died and gone to heaven.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

The infamous Total Wine of the borderlands! Truly massive and rather busy, but mostly wine and spirits. The beer is almost like an afterthought here...

I do like their growler station, with 24 handles and good stuff including Merry Monks, Palo Santo, Brooklyn Blast... also their mix-and-match singles section, divided in style or region (odd to see "New York", "Boston" instead of "IPA", "Porter" and what not).

Nothing terribly amazing here. This is not the place for your special releases or barrel-aged brews, but it is a good place for daily beer needs at excellent prices. They do have a lot of four-packs (at room temperature unfortunately) priced nicely: $7,99 for Victory Dirtwolf, $11.99 for Burton Baton.

No help on the beer section but friendly wine folks. I prefer the NJ stores for variety, but you can't beat the prices here in DE.

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3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Well it is yet another Total Wine store. The ambience is pretty much the same, however this one is at first a little misleading.

From the outside the store is very large, and when you enter you see a vast wine section to the left of you. THe beer however is nestled to the right, in generic shelves with industrial white flooring in about 2 -3 rows. It really only seems to take up about 5% of the store.

Selection is varied, with the mix a six options but many of the items are also old as per typical TW. The seasonals and new arrivals selection is quite large, but it's diversity is lacking as it seems to be focused on bulk. There were lots of Octoberfest, and Pumpkin beers here already and mostly in quantity not in variety.

Staff though is very solid and helpful. I spoke on the phone before I arrived asking when shipments were coming in or deliveries and they told me with no problem about when items arrive. I hated the idea coming right after a weekend to see a bunch of empty shelves. Still as for someone who lives in the DC area the selection here isn't that much different, it's much of the same regular brews you find.

The store also carries some spirits as well with the wine.

Very reasonable and inexpensive for prices due to not being in a large metro area and no sales taxes. If I lived close enough, I could probably become a regular, but I don't see myself going all the way out here often, most of what I saw here I can get elsewhere.

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Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE
3.78 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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