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Comments on Wannabe Wino: Total Wine and More = Total Sensory Overload





Updated: 2018-02-11T08:03:42.661-04:00

 



Time for someone to weigh in on the opposite side....

2007-08-14T13:24:00.000-04:00

Time for someone to weigh in on the opposite side. I really can't think of much good about Total Wine. Maybe it is because I used to work in a smaller, independent shop, but the lack of customer service and haphazard care of bottles turns me off. Also, I think they push and stock alot of their own labels (ala Kirkland @ Costco), so it's tough to find a wine you may have seen in a review or at a vineyard. I understand why Total can be appealing, but with so many smaller stores with knowledgeable staff in the area, I would rather send my money that direction.



I would suggest the Curious Grape in Shirlington a...

2007-06-22T13:04:00.000-04:00

I would suggest the Curious Grape in Shirlington as they have bottles open every night. I'm not really familiar with any wine bars in the area though. Have a great trip!



Hey there,I'm in Old Town Alexandria next week, 6/...

2007-06-22T00:13:00.000-04:00

Hey there,
I'm in Old Town Alexandria next week, 6/27-28, and am looking for suggestions for wine bars/stores to taste some wine I can't readily get here in Arkansas?



Nate, good idea about the website. I did want to ...

2007-06-13T22:02:00.000-04:00

Nate, good idea about the website. I did want to check this place out though! In store they had many less than 19 though!

Foodette, thanks so much! I will hopefully get to your meme tomorrow!

John, I didn't realize they don't offer a mixed case discount, what a crock! I will certainly return, hopefully on a day when I don't have Matt calling me to come hold drywall for him!

Dr.Debs, I will return, I found quite a good selection of VERY inexpensive sauvignon blancs, and we are running through them at record speed!



I emphathize with the overwhelming bit BUT I was a...

2007-06-13T14:50:00.000-04:00

I emphathize with the overwhelming bit BUT I was a huge fan of Total Wine when I lived in North Carolina. So much wine, so cheap. Almost makes me woozy thinking about it. You will learn their layout with time, I am happy/sad to report. And the real point is to do exactly what you did: buy 6-12 bottles that look interesting that you trip over and have them on hand when you are bored/need a red wine/discover a friend has never had a Sauvignon Blanc, etc. You'll be back, I know!



I agree that Total's service leaves me cold. The c...

2007-06-13T12:35:00.000-04:00

I agree that Total's service leaves me cold. The company also strongly "encourages" their employees to push certain, high-margin items (as many stores do).

I LOVE Total's selection, however. For a wine geek like me, shopping there is like a treasure hunt. I also like that they carry wines my other local reatilers don't.

If they offered a mixed-case discount, they would get a lot more of my business.



Hi - I am hooked on your blog! I tagged you on my...

2007-06-12T18:53:00.000-04:00

Hi - I am hooked on your blog! I tagged you on my meme - hope you don't mind! Would love to see you contribute it you get the chance.



Heh.. glad you got a chance to check it out! And ...

2007-06-12T18:48:00.000-04:00

Heh.. glad you got a chance to check it out! And I actually couldn't agree with you more - it's ridiculously impossible to find anything in that store as there is very little "filtering" done by the store. I mean, with a small wine shop you would assume that there 20-30 Cabernets were selected by the owners/staff for some reason, and you can make a decision from this list based on what you're looking for. But when they stock 400 Cabernets, that process gets thrown out the window as there is no way you can look through all of that info.

So what I do is I order wine in advance on their website (which also isn't the friendliest around). If you order it a couple days in advance, the staff will go around finding all of the bottles you ordered, so you can just pick it up and go. Kind of the best of both worlds - I can look through their inventory online, do a web search if I want to find out more about it than the info Total Wine has posted on their website, and still get the advantage of their enormous selection for a pickup order.

Anyway, that's what I'm going to do for the Washington Cabernet WBW - I just did a quick search, found out they have 19 Cabernets from Washington State, of which I can eliminate 7 high end ($26 and up) and 4 low end (under $10), leaving me with just 8 choices - and I can handle that!

Well, glad you gave it a shot - I think it's just fun for a wine lover to see that much wine in one spot!