Total Wine & More

BA SCORE
87
very good

27 Ratings
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1744 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23454-4503
United States

(757) 428-6998 | map
totalwine.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Ratings:
27
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.36%
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of HoopTime
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I've been Total Wine & More locations in at least 6 states now, and I think 7 or 8. They're all very much the same although they do have their own "personalities". They're usually my first stop for beer in any place new as I know what I'm in for. Unfortunately, one of those things is old beer, and this location was not only 'not an exception', but perhaps one of the worst offenders.

I spent quite some times perusing the beer selection, mainly looking for local beers, but also looking for unusual stuff. It always takes me longer in a Total Wine & More because I need to spend so much time checking the dates, and even then I tend to mess up. At this store I picked up several beers that I knew were a little old but I wasn't sure I'd find them anywhere else - which I did, with fresher codes, and oddly, mainly at grocery stores. But, I also messed up and bought two beers that were nine months and ten months old before I even picked them up off the shelf. It's my bad, I only have myself to blame, except that I'd think with such a large store a little more attention could be paid to dates. On the other hand, they may be paying attention and things might be slipping by anyway. Maybe they have to order in a certain quantity to get a discount? Or not, and I will point out that the beers that I bought here but found elsewhere all cost more than their fresher competitors (with the exception of Whole Foods who seem to have lost their minds with beer pricing). While searching if I found a beer with a poor code on the warm singles shelves I then checked for fresher six-packs, and then in the coolers as well - all the same dates... so it seems they're not just ignoring stock rotation, and are just dealing with large lots of beers which they can't sell quick enough.

So, as I pointed out, Total Wine & More is my go-to, and will continue to be, but keep in mind that you'll have to check the dates here.

Ahhh, I forgot about service. While I was shopping I was approached repeatedly, and when I had a question it was immediately addressed. Then when I went to check-out, and I actually made two trips, each time when a line formed that was deemed too long (seemingly more than 4 orders each), another cashier opened up - that was a bonus!

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Photo of rjp217
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of tomasher
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Being a total wine on the south/east coast, I wasn't too impressed with their selection.

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Photo of Boone757
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Packers_2016
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Total Wine has such an impressive selection of beers and wine from all over the world. It's where I found my new Bavarian favorite beer!

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HWood
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Pabst82
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of 2Xmd
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here to check out the selection and was completely overwhelmed. We don't have places like this in NY. It was like a Costco of just wine and beer. Huge selection of beer from all over. Once I collected my breath, I realized the beers are organized by country on one side and beer style on the other side. They had a small section where whales might be (special releases?) but I didn't find any. The only whale I found was Narwhal which was hard to find when it was released in NY. And they had cases of it.

Overall seems like a decent place if you are looking for common stuff (SNPA) etc.... But they didn't have a decent selection of local VA beers. Prices were average. But much cheaper than NY.

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Photo of benyerd
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Total wine is a great place to stop if you only have gas stations around to get beer. The wine selection is very good but I am not reviewing it for the wine. The beer selection is better then farm fresh or most other grocery stores. You can find alot of craft beer but nothing truely unique. The prices are not bad which is nice but the staff knows nothing about the beers they are selling. The only thing I have heard the staff say about the beers they are selling is that they have a new special or a new seasonal in. (thanks for reading the sign to me) All in all, not bad for a craft store but not anything super special.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Had to get the oil changed in the old van so I walked across the busy street to give this place a once over.

Typical Wine and More fare. Service was nowhere to be found. Although I rarely need help, the offer is always nice and lets me know they care about the customer.

The selection was a bit paltry, especially for a TWM. Only half an aisle of products and some other singles on the back wall. I certainly didnt see anything exotic or not avaialable at any grocer. Most of the selection here was semi macro with the regional beers and a couple of specialties.

The only saving grace was that this place is pretty close to the beach, two miles or so. It was the closest place to our hotel so it wasnt bad. I would probably come back if I didnt want to drive all the down to the Grape and Gourmet.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

They have a very nice selection at good prices. If someone can help you, they will. It is just rather in a busy part of town at most hours and they put the beer in the back corner. This place, as much as others I have been too in the chain, are a good source for those popular hard-to-find beers but not for rare ones. Also, wine is right in their name for a reason.
I found staples like the Van Steeneberg sampler, cases of Sierra Nevada Celebration seasonal, nice selection of Belgians, large amount of American micros.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Decent beer shop but definitely focused on the wine part of their name more than the "and more" part. Better selection than you find at most grocers around town, and comparable prices. However, with the Grape and Gourmet being nearby, this store does not really offer anything that cannot be found elsewhere. Also, the staff is not very knowledgable about the beer section. The few times I have asked someone a question, they would usually stare at the shelf for a while and then go ask someone else. This is a decent shop with a decent selection, just not anything unique.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

The Chesapeake branch is one of my regular beer stores. The reason I go to the Va Beach store is because Va Beach is the first one in the chain to get new seasonal or special items. They got SN Anniversary Ale and Harvest Ale long before the Chesapeake branch got theirs. I don't know the staff at Va Beach and my only encounters are to ask for the special interest item that brought me there and checkout.

Like Chesapeake, there is a fairly good selection, prices are ok, the layout is fairly good with easy to find items.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.15/5  rDev -18%

Tonsa wine with some beer in coolers along the left wall after you walk in. They sell kegs in a room on the left and there are cases of beer down the first two aisles with the good stuff down the second aisle. On the very back wall, there are the shelves with the singles. The selection is average. They have good beers, but not too much you won't find in other stores in the area. There are a few gems, though, with a slowly increasing selection of Belgian beers. As stated in other reviews, the service is rare. One time, however, one of the managers came up to me and talked to me extensively about the beer selections. What they had, and what they were planning on getting in the future. They also were kind enough on a couple of occasions to let me break apart some 4/6 packs to just buy singles. The value is not bad. Average with some beers cheaper than others and others cheaper elsewhere. Overall, it's not a bad place to go get some good beer. Not the best, but not 7-11 either.

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Photo of thefireman
3.15/5  rDev -18%

Been to this place every year when I visit VB. An acceptable selection of beer and wine. Not bad for the vast beer wasteland that is Virginia Beach. I generally take my own enough to last at least three days. After that I am on my own to forage for acceptable beer. I can't understand why a place like Virginia Beach is lacking in beer procurement establishments.

That said, this place appears to have the best selection in town. A decent variety of brew. Son't expect any help from the staff, though. Additionally, make sure you check the dates on the cases and bottles.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

The Total Wine & More is a breeze to locate on your left when heading North on First Colonial off I-264. It is in the corner near Michael's.

The beer is located at the back and the selection is pretty similar to the other locations in the area. They are missing many of the seasonal selections you find in smaller establishments, but all in all have a decent selection.

The service really bites. A worker was in the area and never asked if he could be of assistance and banged the shelves with the rolling staircase. He did move the stairs out of my way, but never made a move to try to point me toward a selection.

If I was in the area I would stop by, but certainly this Total Wine location is not worth a special trip.

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Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach, VA
3.84 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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