Total Wine & More

very good

19 Ratings
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More

Type: Store

551 S Stratford Rd
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27103-1806
United States

(336) 245-0388 | map

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Photo of mralphabet
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Located in a small shopping center near a Carrabba's.

Quality: OK store layout first.... Beer section is on the far left side of the store after you walk through the door, couple of aisles. This like the name says is Total Wine with some beer, so wine is the focus.

Service: Little to none to speak of...

Selection: I felt the selection was very good... I grabbed 3 six packs and a few bombers (Main focus for me was things I cannot get in VA). All the big names are there but I was surprised the number of foreign beers from Russia, Netherlands, Germany & Belgians. Lots to choose from.

Value: Pretty reasonable... Singles are priced individually so there is no special price for a sixer. Still the prices on some stuff was better than City Beverage. If you cannot find it here go check out City Beverage.

A very nice chain store I wish I had in my area....

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -9%

This was a standard Total Wine location, if you've been to others you'll know what to expect. Actually that's not fair, this particular location had slightly less selection than others I've been to (mainly thinking of the Atlanta area locations). Maybe 150 American craft beers, 70 Belgian and a smattering of other countries. Just a guesstimate but probably not too far off.

Everything was available as singles without excessive fee, which is not the case at City Beverage. So if you just want a single of a beer I'd look here first.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

I have found when i ask about wine the service here is Johnny on the spot! When I ask about the beer there seems to be like one "beer guy" who we have to hunt down, and even then he is tethered to his trusty computer.
I still get carded here on occasion which makes me smile!
The beer selection is great! the service is so-so, and the prices are good.
It is well lit, and they have the beer separate from the wine so I don't have to catch the looks from the wine people as I pack my cart with some amazing goodies!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This is the place I go to when I'm looking for a good selection of single brews. They have a cooler section, but it consists mostly of the big macros and some local brews mixed in. They have an entire aisle designated for single bottles. Most of the good locals are here (Natty Greene's, Duck Rabbit, Highland, Carolina Brewing Co., etc.). They have a pretty good selection of Belgian and German beers, as well as Scottish and Czech. They carry some great selections of Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Samuel Adams, Rogue, Stone, Weyerbacher, etc. They also have a pretty good variety of 750's. All of the bottles are individually priced, but you can get a great sixer for under $12. A few of the times I've found outdated brews on the shelves and have tried to bring it to the staff's attention. The staff has been helpful at times, and other times non-existent. They care more for the wine-crowd I've come to find out. Overall, this is one of my favorite spots to check out. I could spend an entire afternoon checking out their selection. I would recommend this place to anyone.

[EDIT] Stopped in on 4-16-09 and they completely revamped their beer section. It looks great! Things are much more organized, and they carry many more beers than they did even a few months ago. They now have Founders, Smuttynose, Lost Coast, among others. It's good to see them raise the bar a bit.

[EDIT] - December '10. This place continually amazes me. They keep getting in stock all the new releases to the state, many times before City Beverage even gets them. They just recently got in Laughing Dog, which I haven't seen anywhere else around. They keep the seasonal shelf well-stocked with great beer, and the turnaround is much better here than many other TWs. I highly recommend this spot. Don't let the stigma keep you away. This one is much better than the norm.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Located in a small shopping center near a Carrabba's.

The beer section is on the far left side of the store after you walk through the door.

There's a small refridgerated section of 5-6 coolers with the big names (Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Macros, local NC brews) and then several shelves of singles and six packs. The singles are all priced individually, so no discounts for buying a sixer. There's a really great selection. Some of the stuff I got: Cantillion, St Bernadus (they have 750s & 4-packs), Great Divide Pale ale + raspberry wheat + ESB, Anchor steam, Sierra Nevada wheat, etc. There's a good assortment of the more popular Belgian beers.

Some prices are better than City Beverage, but mostly they're the same, give or take a buck or two. I actually preferred this store, as it was better lit, and well organized.

Nothing to say about the service one way or the other. Not rude, not friendly. It was just there.

I wish it wasnt a chain, as I'd much rather support an independent business, but this was the best beer store I visited in the W-S area.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

Total Wine and More is mostly a, yes, wine store. But they do have a nice selection of beers. Actually, one of the best in the area in my opinion. Well lit aisles, knowledgable staff, good selection.

There are two aisles devoted to beer. One aisle is domestics and the other is imports. There are divisions in each with sixers and individuals; there are also macro swill available in 12 and 24 packs.

A great selection of imports and domestics are available. With the new alcohol cap limit, it seems there inventory has doubled. Imperial Stouts (no sam smith), double IPA (Rogue only), several barleywines, lots of Belgians, etc. Great selection.

Service is outstanding. Everyone who works there knows about the beers, not just the wines. They are eager to inform one of when new items will be available and sometimes even try to do "special orders", if allowed by law.

Some of the beer selections seem a bit pricey. I have seen cheaper prices in places, but since there are three of these in the area and usually have the largest selection, what can one do?

One drawback: They allow some beers to expire past the "best by" date and do not allow any kind of discount for old beers. So, the beer stays on the shelf.

Overall, a great place to buy beer.

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Photo of hyuga
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Well, this is the beer store closest to my house, but I don't find myself here very often. I'm not big on giving my money to big corporations, but aside from that...

The selection is decent, they have a few things that are harder to find around here, such as North Coast. Lots of local stuff, which is a plus. Bigger beer section than other Total Wine locations I've been in.

If memory serves me correctly, I've only been asked if I needed help once when I was in here. That and no one here seems to know all that much about any of the beer.

Of course most stuff is going to be cheaper here, but saving a penny today will cost you in the end... in the form of smaller, nicer, friendlier, places like City Beverage who really have your best interests as a beer drinker at heart going out of business if places like this push hard enough.

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Photo of blitz134
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

This is the first real beer store I have been to since moving to North Carolina for the summer. I was truly shocked when I walked in and saw the wine selection. I made my way over to the beer selection and saw about what I expected. There were plenty of brews I had never heard of before and there were also the typicals seen in most places. They did have a fair singles collection. I noticed there were probably some old singles floating around (I saw some dogwood from atlanta which has been out of business for getting close to 9 months now). Prices seemed a bit high. I can get Highland products in Atlanta cheaper than I could hear. Service was basically non existant. This one lady walked by me nearly 15 times and never said a word to me or acknowledged I was there. The guy at the register was very friendly though.

Overall not a bad stop if you happen to be in the area, but probably won't find much that you couldn't get elsewhere.

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Photo of Loki
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Ah Total Wine, the varitable Wal-Mart of Beer and Wine. Where you can find some great deals and let them have some great steals if you are not careful.

The quality of there selection is great for NC. They have six packs, some singles, make your own six packs, pint and 22oz bottles, as well as 12 packs and cases of macros. Their service is questionable. I was in there for 20 minutes and not once did somebody even acknowledge my presence let alone ask me if I needed help. And on my previous visits the staff's knowledge is suspect and basic.

Total Wine also heavily practices a strategy called Loss Leader, meaning they sell a product that everybody else has for pennies less than it costs them hoping to get you in the store and buying the items that others don't have at huge premiums.

Please take into account I have a strong bias against Total and their corporate practices, but they do have a good selection and stuff you can't find else where.

I take my money to local stores.

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Total Wine & More in Winston-Salem, NC
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