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2952 El Camino Real
phone: (714) 665-4257
(Place added by: RobH on 11-25-2008)
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quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
Visted the store 12/02/09.
Has a good feel about the store when you walk in. The store itself was not that busy. I was never approached by anyone for assistance. Even though I didn't need it, it would have been nice to atlest be asked if I needed it or show me around. Oh well...
Selection was something I have never seen before. (There isn't very much of a rare selection in San Luis Co.) There was alot of Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Port, etc. RR selection was: Consecration at $19, Damnation at $8, and BPIPA at $5? All of the PtE and PtO was gone from the fridge display. May have been on the floor somewhere though. I picked up what looked to be the last of BCS 09 and Old Viscosity. Im sure they had more in back but didnt ask. Also picked up Stone Sublimely self righteous, Alesmith Grand cru, Speedway Stout, and a Brewdog Glen Grant 12oz. With all of that, a bottle of wine and a few Thomas Kemper root beers the damage was a little over $70. Not too bad considering the rareity of what I got.
Everything about this store was good with me until we got to checkout. I was blessed with an unwanted ability to pick the slowest checkout line of any store. Today was a prime example. The checker was an older woman who looked new. She had difficulty with the customer ahead of us and had to get assistance from several co-workers. Once she got to us, we had to do the expected waiver as my wife is 21. Not a big deal, just more time consumption. The icing on the cake and the 1.0 for service is what did me in. She selected a box and started scanning and putting beers in it. She got to the Grand Cru and put it upside down in the box because the base wouldn't fit in the dividers! I about flipped a lid! I immediatly flipped it rightside up and seated it correctly. WTF! She then did it again with another beer! I pulled it back out and said under my breath: "You cant put beer like this upside down!" I think she heard me but was so much in her own world that it didnt click. I don't know about you guys but thats a big pet peeve of mine. To top it all off, the speedway stout wouldn't register on the scanner or when she tried to pin it in. I told her I was pretty sure it was $9.99 but she ignored me and proceeded to scan and try to pin in. After several time consuming attempts, she got on her little mic piece and called for help. The manager came over took the bottle, went to his pod, came back and asked her if she started with a certain number on the upc code and she said, "no". First try, it worked ($9.99) and it was finally time to pay. WEW. Once I got my receipt, all I got was a "sorry for the wait." I work in customer service and IMO the checker was not properly trained. As pathetic as it sounds, turning any bottle upside down is a big no no and should have not happened. I could have made a big mess out of it but didn't. I blame management for her faults, not her. It was obvious she needed more trainning.
Even with a unwanted experience at checkout, I was still pleased with my visit and brushed the incident off as soon as I walked out the door. Ill be back again... just a rare and unfortunate experince for me. If it wasnt for the bad service this store would have got an A+
12-03-2009 01:09:23 |
More by bargerking
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
Total Wine is a big mega store. Good for buying beer on the cheap with a large selection. They have good beers and even some hard to find beers. But no one knows dick about beer there. There are plenty of wine experts, but none on beer. You ask about something and all they can do is look it up. This is really a DIY place, bring a smart phone with BA on it if you want any help. And don't expect anyone to know when they are getting any new releases.
They do have great prices sometimes on beer. See if you can't get a coupon for a bottle on line before you go. They will also have a good selection of cheap glassware, so check that out.
06-17-2011 19:44:37 |
More by pollox87
quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place was great, with one thing at the end that...well you'll see.
i'd say nicer, bigger, and cheaper than BevMo. the interior is definitely nice, with faux-marble linoleum.
lots of single beers, six packs of craft, and cases of more common stuff. puls when i asked an employee if they had Nogne-O, their beer manager said he was still trying to get alot more craft in, including that.
but there was a bad aftertaste....they made me sign a declaration that i was 21, which held up the line. it was that little tiny annoyance when you are asked for i.d., but times...alot. and i need to that every visit until im 22!!! i understand it's so that if they get accused of selling alcohol to minors, they can pull up the declarations...it's for the corporation to cover their ass...but what if somebody has a fake id that says they're 22???..which is the smart way to do it anyways.
anyways, i'll say that the selection and prices were great, and i'm lucky to live just down the 5 from it...but i'll take it with a grain of salt. i guess i won't care when i'm 22, but still. it just ain't neighbourly. i feel much more at home at corporate BevMo where i always end up talking to the same employee about the beer, though they may swipe my card and don't accept out-of-state licenses. or little giant trader joe's. or over-priced hollingsheads (sorry guys).
so anyways, if you want a good selection and good prices and live nearby, check it out, on the border of affluent south orange county. but if you're 21, be prepared to fill out a bullshit piece of paper (we sign our personal information and signature all the time, right??)
12-15-2008 07:32:04 |
More by whiteskittlz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very good selection, especially for where it's located. While you're mostly hit with wine selections in the front, there are beer selections sprinkled throughout the store until you get to the back. There is a large selection of craft beer, and from what I saw, it was a bit unorganized. It was near the end of the day, and the labels on the shelves weren't matching what was above them, but I'm sure they fix that at opening each day. Really wasn't anyone around to ask questions to, but the labeling made it easy to navigate around. Overall it was like a Bevmo with more of an atmosphere to it. Great prices.
12-23-2011 00:32:16 |
More by downhilldrift
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
While primarily a wine store, it does have some nice selection of beers. The place is well kept and aesthetically sharp.
While they have some things I haven't seen, there are some things I normally see that aren't here.
Service is fine, a greeting at the door, friendly checkout make it a good experience. Though I was told there was some pliny in the fridge, and not only was there not, but no one was around at the moment to help out.
Selection is really good, but not quite as good on the singles as the Brea location. Strangely enough, they have different stuff at the different stores.
Prices are as good or better most other places, still some things are more, but that is in the minority. Don't forget to sign up for the email, as they send a coupon that gives a dollar off, for EACH beer/4 pack/6 pack you buy over $6.99
Overall, I wish I lived closer to the Brea location, but I am still happy to have this store close by.
02-11-2012 06:38:10 |
More by Drinkerofales
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Look at those prices. That's what I thought when I walked in the beer section, it's like I went back to 2005. Racer 5, Stone IPA, Ballast Point Yellowtail/Calico bombers all $2.99. Moylan's bombers for $2.79. Alesmith Speedway/Old Numbskull 750s, Green Flash West Coast IPA sixers, Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum 750s - $7.99. Hennepin, Rare Vos, and Ommegang Abbey for an unheard of $4.99 - that's what they pay back east. Deschutes sixers for $6.49, Kona sixers - $5.49, Rogue bombers under $4 - I haven't seen that in a long time. Lots of German 500s for $1.79.
The selection is very good, better than your average BevMo and the prices are the best I've seen in all of Orange and LA Counties. Service is nothing special, but friendly and courteous at ringup. I just wish it wasn't 20 odd miles away in Tustin or this store would replace BevMo for me for regular shopping, due to the prices, selection, and the fact that there's tons of singles.
Edit - The low prices have come back to Earth a bit, but they're still the best you're going to find in North County.
11-29-2008 21:16:06 |
More by Halcyondays
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Located about a half mile north of the 5/405 interchange in central OC, this particular Total Wines & More, while not particularly heavy on craft beer offerings, provides a rather wide selection for the craft beer shopper.
As with the rest of the stores in the chain, craft beer is not the main item here. However, coming from state controlled liquor stores in Oregon, I was quick to see that this was the place to shop for hard alcohol. The wine and cigar selections, along with party sundries, was quite extensive.
While there is a limited amount of craft beer in the refrigerated cases, there were approximately three full aisles of craft beer offerings. They appeared to have most of the available SoCal offerings (sans Alpine, argh), and a good selection of beers from other regions of the country. You can get a pretty good idea of their vast selection by perusing their on-line catalog at their website, I believe most BAs will be relatively impressed at the wide offerings. The prices are about as low as you'll find in SoCal, much less than I'd pay for the same beers in Oregon.
The service was pretty helpful, while not being intrusive. We searched long and hard for Ballast Point Sculpin to no avail, and the help went to the trouble of calling their distributor to see what the deal was. (that's another story). We got most of the beers we had scheduled for the craft beer tasting that weekend. While not much different than the other stores in the chain, if you are looking to save a bit of moolah on craft beers while in OC, this is the place to start.
08-21-2011 21:28:28 |
More by jdense
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Visited 1/28/2011 with lardassescantsail.
Located in a clean upscale shopping center in Orange County. Lots of beers to pick from including some interesting selections and some popular selections. They're learning the ropes and are cashing in on beer nerd's craze and stupidity.
Finding an employee wandering the aisles here can be difficult and while they arent the most knowledgeable about beer they seem to be willing to learn and will have a conversation with you.
My only real complaint is that they put all their IPAs out on the shelf under the lights.
Low prices as always. Will return if I need something and I'm in the area but the one in Brea is closer to me.
01-30-2011 07:12:35 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked in to a clean, well organized store. This was my 3rd or 4th trip so I know where the beer is and head straight to it (back left corner). Once I got there, I walked through the 4 or 5 isles of beers (the last 2 are all macro so i dont count those). Decent selection and very fair prices. I found some of the newer new belgium lips of the faith series for 3 dollars less per bottle than bevmo. I didnt see what I was there for though so I asked the first employee I saw and they hapily went to the computer and it showed that they had Chocolate Yeti instock, just not on the floor yet. Without hesitation he called around to the other employees and found Joe, the beer guy, and they went to the back and pulled out a case for me to pick from. I took the 4 I wanted and checked out. Was nice to go to a place where they took the time to look for what you wanted.
04-05-2011 22:17:36 |
More by GuruDel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I made a stop here on the fly last month while in Anaheim for work, I had planned on hitting the Tustin Brewing Co. but never made it.
The store is large, clean, and well organized. It is a bit drab and warehouse feeling but that isn't too important. I found my way to the beer isles, bonus points for multiple isles. Being from well out of town more than half the beers there could be considered great for selection, but finding Russian River brews for cheap as well as Kern River and other Cali locals really is optimal. The prices were really competitive as well, I paid a dollar or two less there than at other stores in my travels. I was really hoping to find Pliny and thought that maybe it just wasn't shelved. Before I could seek out assistance, it came to me. The lady knew exactly what brew I was talking about and I don't even think she was working the beer area. She looked it up for me and apologized that it wouldn't be in until the next day.
This was a very successful shopping experience, I will absolutely return here in the future.
04-28-2011 14:36:35 |
More by naproxen
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