I actually found this total wine lacking compared to a lot of the other locations I’ve visited. They don’t have the same selection of imported beer with their Belgian section being especially lacking. True you can buy just a bottle and they have a ton of regional craft and a lot of brands that aren’t available elsewhere. (not that they’re terrific or anything.) tis what is tis.
GT (672) San Diego, California | November 12, 2012
Eh, it is really right in between Chapel Hill and Durham off of 15-501. Turn into the large Home Debot stripmall off the road obscured by woods. Probably the largest amount of unique "ticks" in the area apart from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, but the beer is unlikely to be fresh and almost none is refrigerated. Like other reviewers said, their pricing makes no sense so can get tons of new "ticks" for $1-$2 a bottle. Some will be way overpriced though. Your best bet to find beers from obscure countries in the area, but quality is much lower than Sam’s Quik Shop. People working here will know nothing about beer so don’t even bother. Their bottle list online will be somewhat accurate, but it is worth a stop in to grab single bottles of new stuff you want to try and not have to buy an entire sixer.
Bigger and better selection of wine, but beer selection is somewhat impressive (in the singles isle). No Service was given and I rated it a 5/10 b/c sometimes I don’t want someone coming up and bothering me. If I need help I can ask.
bmanning (8) Holly Springs, North Carolina | October 19, 2005
This place has a very large selection of beer. Not as many of the Belgians as I would like - so I go to Sam’s Blue Light for that, but they have a large selection of German and English beers as well as US microbrews. Don’t expect any service though, as most of the workers are only wine experts. On occasion they have a beer to taste along with their wine tastings.
As stated by previous raters this place specializes in wine. However, they do have a fairly decent selection of beer, including a row of non-refrigerated beers and a freezer full of others. There is a good mix of domestics (including local NC brews) and imports. They also have an entire row full of singles, so it’s ideal for the beer lover who doesn’t mind spnding a bit more money in order to try different beers.
Predominantly a wine store as the name suggests and they do have an insane selection of wine but there is a fairly extensive beer selection as well. Service is pretty good when it comes to wine but I think they don’t put much effort into knowing their beer but I’m sure when the 6% law is changed they may hire/train someone to be more beer oriented. Selection is really good for around Durham. However, on more than one occasion I got an oxidized or skunked single. Plus since my drivers license is going to say "Under 21" on it untill 2008, I have to fill out this stupid form verifying my age though my license clears states my birthday. Decent place to get local singles for trades.
Total Wine is hit or miss. Lately I have been missing, but I have found some nice deals here. Sometimes they will put "old beer" that ages very well on sale and you can take advantage. Also, being a primarily wine destination, the beer stock sometimes sits for a while and you can find well aged gems on the shelf. As emacgee mentioned, they do often have beer from breweries we don’t see at the other stores in the area, perhaps by way of some special distributor contract. Service is almost non-existent.
Great for kegs. A little section for cigars. Selection of beer is similar to A Southern Season - maybe not as exclusive. Service is about average. They are willing to look into beers for you. Caught a great sale at the end of last season. Sierra Nevada Celebration for $3.99 a 6!
Best place I have found in North Carolina to grab some good brews. Selection is not as extensive as I would like and much of it is stored at room temperature which can alter the qualities of the beer. Not bad for a wine store. Oh yeah, you can get some decent cigars there too. I like the place.