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3524 Electric Rd.
phone: (540) 400-8466
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| Reviews: 15
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$$
I have been unimpressed with Wine Gourmet. They moved from a prior location in Botetourt, Virginia in order to provide wine / beer next door to a large grocery chain which does not carry alcohol. W G simply does not have the inventory to compete with Kroger's in Roanoke. Plus they are a wine store first with beer seeming to be an afterthought. Their prices are high (I know they are the little guy and have to charge a bit more) and they are unable to order kegs (at least as of the date of this review). For some reason Hop and Wine only distributes to this place so if you are looking for Bell's (Hop and Wine has the license - MONOPOLY - to distribute Bell's in practically all of Western and Southwestern Virginia) this is your only hope unless you want to travel to Blacksburg, Virginia's Vintage Cellar. If you visit, do not get your hopes too high.
04-03-2009 14:53:09 |
More by 1111k
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$$
I should have taken the time to review wine gourmet earlier.
First off the name is wine gourmet, and I know this place was not designed to be a beer Mecca or anything but they have a huge Yes we have beer in the window now, so i figured they may have expanded.
Nope. The selection is pretty meager- but not bad, and everything is high quality. A small cooler houses some brews.
But man the pricing is crazy high. I'm talking six packs of Nugget nectar 17 bucks high. And with the Kroger just up the road having a superior selection (as well as really good prepared meals) there needs to be a serious re-evaluation of pricing and or selection for me to begin to return to Wine Gourmet. Sorry fellas I'd love to support the small stores, but it's a big hurdle to pay 3-5 bucks more for a sixer.
04-23-2009 18:16:56 |
More by CpnYates
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Easy to find. Get off of I-81 onto 220N and it will be on your left.
Small selection but well thought out, with an empasis on quality over quanity. This is a wine fist place as the beer makes up the back right corner of the store. I was looking for beers I could not buy in NC and I found several. Legend seasonals. New England Brewing in cans. Blue and Gray Brewing. Another Va brewery but I forgot the name. Stone....Arrogant Bastard and IPA. Breckinridge. Speakeasy. There may have been more, but that's all that I can remember. Prices on similar products were a bit more than the stores I frequent in NC. I don't shop enough in Va to know how thier prices compare to other Va places. Service was good as a guy came to help me and pointed me in the right direction. He was a craft beer drinker himself.
If you are using 220 to go from 81 to Clifton Forge, Covington, or Douthat State Park I would recommend you stopping by Wine Gourmet to check it out.
04-11-2007 03:34:26 |
More by wcudwight
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Wine Gourmet has been a great addition to the Roanoke beer scene since it moved to town last year. Beer tastings every Friday 5-8ish, and a Beer of the Month Club that gives members at least a couple bucks off of usually 2 six packs keep me returning regularly. In particular, I was really impressed when last month they had gotten a special deal on Oskar Blues' Gordon four packs and gave BOTMC members something like 6 bucks off the pack, whereas a single usually goes for like $4.50 a can.
Another great thing about Wine Gourmet is the discount shelf. Maybe I shouldn't make this so public, but there's almost always a 6-pack that's been hanging around on the shelves for a while discounted to $4.99, or a bomber discounted 10-20% because it's out of season. I've never had an issue with freshness from these beers and while they may not all be the greatest beers, I've gotten some winners there, as well as some decent stuff to have in the fridge till the next paycheck comes in.
Service is always attentive and friendly. While some employees may be geared more towards the wine side of things, there are usually enough people in there to help you find what you need.
Selection is pretty good, at least for around here. It's no Vintage Cellar yet, but I can usually find some new stuff in every trip thats a good enough value to buy. Six-packs go anywhere from about 9 bucks to 13 and up, and bombers of Belgian ales can be through the roof, but you're going to get that anywhere these days. Prices are probably not as good as Vintage Cellar across the board, but alas, I don't live in Blacksburg anymore. One thing that bugs me is the occasional shelf-stockage of some really poor macro that looks like a micro and is priced like one (i.e. Wild Blue). If you know your stuff, this shouldn't be much of a problem.
In closing, I don't know anything about wine really but there's a lot of it there, and they also have some quality munchy food, like chocolate, nuts, cheese, etc. There's a small fridge with some cold beers but most are stored warm. One of, if not the best place to find beer in Roanoke.
04-27-2008 21:24:09 |
More by boston2bburg
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Just stopped by there to pick up my six pack of Hopslam!!! (Mad props to the beer guys there for hooking me up). Anyway, the store is real nice and the staff is very knowledgeable...I only talked to Aaron, not Mike though. Their selection isn't the biggest in the world but what they do carry is real good beer. Nothing super rare but miles better than anything else you can find in the immediate Southwest Virginia area. The only drawback is that since it's the only beer store in the area their prices can be a couple dollars higher than what you would see at a Total Wine or other beer stores. Beggars cannot be choosers as I see it though...I'd rather pay a dollar or two more for good beer than to suck it up and go slumming at Kroger or Wal-Mart. Oh yeah, free beer tastings on Fridays from 5-8...if the employees are reading this, bigger samples please???? I'd recommend a stop in if you're in the area...pretty neat, down home, great atmosphere beer shop!
01-31-2009 00:52:18 |
More by VaTechHopHead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Wine Gourmet, as its name states, is primarily a wine shop, but about 20% of the floor is reserved for beer. I went in this past weekend looking for beers I can't get in NC, hoping to find Tröeg's, Firestone Walker, etc. No luck. However, I did find Clown Shoes, which has been undergoing some recent expansion, so not all was lost. I also found a Lindeman's Cuveé Rene, which I've not seen in NC and, most excitingly for me, Shooting Creek Farm's Capsicum Stout!
Prices were a bit steep ... $14/6pk for the Capsicum stout, other stuff seemed about $1 higher than I'm used to paying in NC.
Atmosphere was great. They were doing a wine tasting, which kept my wife entertained whilst I browsed the shelves. The owners were super nice, chatting with me about how the NC beer seen has made such great strides in the past few years. They were primarily a wine shop, but they are very knowledgable about beer as well.
Overall, it's worth paying them a visit if you're in the Roanoke area. If you keep in mind that they are primarily a wine shop, you shouldn't be disappointed.
04-27-2011 02:35:17 |
More by ewright
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on Saturday, 6-30-07, while heading down I-81. Just a little heads up...they are moving in July to a new location so you may want to call to find out where they are.
Mostly a wine shop...as I expected from the name. Beer is tucked back in the corner of the shop. They were having a wine tasting when we stopped in and the table was right in front of the beer. Plenty of room to get around, though. Staff was very helpful and friendly. The selection was mostly what I was expecting (Stone, Bell's, Left Hand, Lagunitas, DFH) plus I saw a couple bottles of Legend and another local VA micro that slips my mind now. I should have bought some but it was crowded and I didn't feel like waiting in line for a sixer or two. Moving sale was going on so I bet the selection is better normally. If their new location is just as easy to find off of I-81 I will stop back in to make some purchases. Hopefully a local BA can update their info with the new addy when the move.
07-03-2007 00:18:38 |
More by Imstillthegman
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Loved my Friday Drive by when Wine Gourmet was near my house, but they moved... so I don't get by a often as I would like.
First note: They are a Wine Store (thus the name) so beer is not as big a focus...
Quality: Quality has always been very good... and continues to be good
Service: Very knowledgeable staff.... They can lead you to some good brew depending on your taste.
Selections: When they were near me they had to compete with a large Kroger... now that they have moved to the new location (next to a Ukrops...( no beer or wine sales )) they are not pushed like they were so the selection is a little down. They do have great selection of beers... Stone, Legends, Southern Tier, Allagash, Acme and lots of others.... maybe the best in Roanoke.. ( not like Vintage Cellars in Blacksburg)...
Value: They are a bit pricey.... I would run by the Kroger a few miles away... they have a lot of the same things and priced a little lower..
Overall the people at Wine Gourmet have always made me feel welcome and that keeps me coming back.
05-11-2009 20:24:52 |
More by mralphabet
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I live in Roanoke so it is nice to have a store with a decent variety of craft beers. The selection of course seems to change with the seasons and there is always new things popping up on the shelves. Of course, the main craft breweries they carry are Founders, Bell's, Stone, The Bruery, Oskar Blues, Victory, Duck-Rabbit, Dogfish Head and there are more that I cannot think of at this time. They also have a selection of imports from Belgium and other places. Overall the selection is fairly good for a city with not a huge craft beer market. Though the selection is not huge, what they do have is high quality. Not too many bad beers at this place.
Aaron the beer buyer is very good and knowledgeable. He is always extremely friendly and there to answer any questions you may have when he is working.
The only negative thing is their prices on some things can be higher than average. However, I have to suck it up and pay their prices because a lot of the things they have cannot be purchased anywhere else in town.
03-04-2011 15:00:35 |
More by dnolan36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Since moving down the road, the layout is better and more spacious. About half of the store is beer, the only reason wine is a little larger is because the bottles take up more space. Prices are a bit much, since you can go down the road a mile to the Kroger and get most of these beers. The man working knew all and can answer any question imaginable. I threw some obscure questions at him and he was able to answer them. They also have tastings all the time which is nice. Good place to find the hard to get, at a cost.
07-08-2011 13:07:58 |
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