Wine Warehouse

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1804 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901-2840
United States

(434) 296-1727 | map
winewarehouseinc.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
49
pDev:
8.35%
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 49
Photo of doubleipa
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

These folks are great!! Even though I've never been to the store, I've had an exceptional experience dealing with them. Huh? (you might say). Well let me explain. Since I live in Georgia I can't get many of the beers I've come to enjoy and with our archaic three-tier distribution system we may never get to have some. (No Stone, Victory, Allagash, or DFH) Anyway my sister and brother-in-law live in C'ville and I knew I'd see them at Christmas in Myrtle Beach. So I thought he could bring some beers for me. I emailed Wine Warehouse and explained what types of beers I enjoy and the breweries I can't get in Georgia. Well I received an email back within two hours that listed about 25 recommended beers!! At this point I was dealing with Matthew Brown. He offerred to set aside whatever I wanted so my brother-in-law could pick it up. I jumped at the chance and will soon be able to enjoy some outstanding beers. This was unbelievable customer service.!!! I'll have to stop in next Christmas when we make our bi-annual trek North.

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Photo of ggaughan
5/5  rDev +12.9%

I visited the Charlottesville area on a vacation with my wife recently and I wanted to find some places to pick up some local brews to bring back to PA. Although the vacation was basically a wine tasting trip, I am glad that we stopped here because I thought they had a really cool beer selection. The Belgian selection was very impressive. The had a host of trappist brews and the best selection of Cantillion I have seen in one place. Although I could not afford to get all the rarer Cantillion's they had, I got a few that were about $30 each but based on how rare they are to find I didn't think that was bad deal. I ended up leaving the place with fourteen 750ml bottles and it was well worth the trip and the money. I plan on heading back to the store my next trip through that area. I would highly recommend a stop here for some good brews. I bit hard to find but worth the trip.

The fellow that helped me with my beer selections was also the waiter at a restaurant I ate at the night before and he remembered me because I ordered a Haansen's Gueze with dinner. Good guy.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

visited sore on way home from vacation to williamsburg. Store was extremely crowded but there was a nice section along 2 walls for beer. There was a nice selection of belgiums and other European beers, and a good selection of American Microbrews. The prices were in line with other non-Pennsylvania stores that I have been to. There was a good selection of singles, though not as many as I had hoped for. I ended up picking out a mixed six-pack, since I was traveling and had only so much room. I'm sure if I lived in the area I would visit it often.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Truly a great place, albeit very, very small as everyone has said. The beer section doesn't look like much from the offset, but upon closer inspection, they do have some great stuff. Great Belgian section, with all the normal stuff like Rochefort, Nostradamus, Orval, des Rocs, Cantillon, etc. Definitely one of the better Belgian sections I have seen (only Half-time in Poughkeepsie beats it). The bottles are pretty cheap as well. The micro section was average, although they did have some Alpha King which I've had a hard time finding and some rare dogfish stuff like the 120 minute and WWS (I think theirs was a few years old, definitely not the 2005 brew). Oh, one other thing, if you are in the area get there quick because they have 4 bottles of Westvleteren 12 left. They are the unlabeled bottles so look closely (they also had some 8 when we were there but that is gone now). Lucky find which made this place all the better.

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Photo of jpwild240
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

Most of what has been said thusfar is completely accurate. It is COLD inside, but the beer and wine takes first priority before the employees' comfort, so they keep it cold. Yes, it's cramped, but who cares? It's a TINY price to pay for their incredible selection, astonishingly knowledgable employees (apparently, the guy who worked with me wasn't even 'the beer guy, who is apparently named 'Matt') and their prices are just perfect. You're not getting ripped off, but you're getting what you pay for :)
Interesting side note:
"My local beer store" has some Old Horizontal Barleywine bottled in 2001... it's been aged and tastes phenomenal. They want 2.40 per bottle. At W.W. they have 2004 bottled stuff for sale at 2.45 a bottle. When I told the guy that they had the 2001 bottled stuff, he told me I'd be a fool not to go down there and buy it right up. I'M GOING TO! But only a truely selfless beer guy would tell you to buy from someone else if they have something rare. Bravo. My beer store of choice, even though it's an hour drive one way.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

Easy drive from Chesterfield. Tiny place with aisles that probably violate most US laws on accessibility. Amazing array of brew from everywhere. All the Trappists present and accounted for along with the rest of your favorite Belgians. The day I was there, I could not find anything from Abbaye des Rocs. I was assured that they carry it, and the clerk performed a thorough search to make sure we hadn't missed it. None to be found, but I believe him. They also have a premier selection of American micros and other Europeans.

The corner display of the owner's private collection of glassware is a nice touch too. I was prepared to buy a number of them before I saw the big "Not For Sale" sign. Darn.

The Wine Warehouse is on my monthly Saturday "beer drive". I don't have to make the cross-state haul to Blacksburg since I found this gem of place.

Friendly helpful staff, great selection. I just get depressed when I have to make the hour long drive home. I have the wife drive so that I can caress the bottles, impatiently waiting to consume them once we arrive at the house.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Maybe some other BA's are used to stores like this, but living in North Carolina, this place is heaven...

Practically every beer I could ever want was there, and on top of that, the staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

The only complaints I have are actually compliments: First, the store is pretty crowded and a little difficult to maneuver around in (but that's just because there's so much beer and wine packed into a small space) and second, it's nearly impossible to choose amongst the tremendous offerings and decide how to spend my allotted amount.

If this place was in my home town, I'd go there every day. No joke--it's that awesome.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

After going to the wine warehouse, it will be difficult to go other places. The store is cramped and difficult to get a birds eye view of all the beers, but other than that and the lack of a discount for case quantities of single bottles, I have no real complaints.

The cashier was quite talkative and even pointed out one of the bottles that had a lower than normal carbonation level so I would not be surprised. He seemed somewhat knowledgeable and was definitely helpful.

The selection is awesome. Tons of Belgians and belgian styles as well as a good selection of micros. Not a BMC in sight.

I'll be back after the wallet revives and whenever I am back in the area. Between Wine Warehouse, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods within about a mile distance apart, you simply cannot go wrong in Charlottesville.

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Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Hence the name this place has tons of wine, but there is a cramped beer section with probably the best selection I have seen to date. Everything I had seen before and TONS of beers I never knew existed, especially impressive were the belgian selections. There were so many I had never seen or heard of it was ridiculous. Great selection of American micros too. All in all great selection, average service, and great quality beers but the store layout could be better. No big deal, I was there for the beer, not the atmosphere.

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Photo of philipt
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Let me start with this: I've been to Sam's in Chicago and it really was a let-down after living a mile from the Wine Warehouse. Nowhere near the size of Sam's, but the selection, variety (especially micros) and, with no hesitation, the service far exceed anything I ave experienced (inluding Sam's and the Vintage Cellar).

A particularly good selection of Belgians and micros. They have everything you could want that is available in north-Central VA. I have never been to the shop and left empty handed or disappointed. The personal service is fantastic. There is particularly knowledgable staff, and take their recommendations. Even though the store is a little cramped, it just adds to the small, local business feel.

By the way, did I mention they do tastings too.

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev -9.7%

This is the place to get singles of great micros in this town. The focus seems to be more on Belgian and other Europeans, but overall the selection is great. The help is great and they keep the store at a constant temperature. I just wish they had evening hours, as opposed to being open at 9:30 in the morning.

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Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 49 ratings