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Wines Of Distinction
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230 E Main St
phone: (276) 623-0001
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5
Next door to the Tavern, a German owned restaurant in the historic district of this beautiful, southwestern Virginia, town. The store is primarily a wine shop and coffeehouse. A modest selection of imported cheese, as well. The good stuff is downstairs in a cellar room. Only two American breweries were stocked, Sierra Nevada and Troegs, but four selections of each were on the shelves. A limited number of Italian, French, and English brews were available, but the Germans and Belgians are the treat here. Spaten, Der Hirsch, and a few other German brands were clean and appeared fresh and well cared for. Belgians included most of the St Bernardus line, including their witbier, a few Lindemans, all of the Carocole line, Oud Beersel lambics, and a few others. Excellent pricing, with the St Bernardus witbier at $2.95 a bottle, for instance. The proprietor is a very attractive lady, who can even pronounce the names of the Belgian and German ales correctly, as well as provide a wealth of information about her ales. She informed me that they have occasional beer tastings in the store. Forgot to mention that they stock most of the Unibroue line. Excellent packaging for travel(I'm a 1 hour drive away from the store) was provided, without asking. Best place I've seen in southwestern Virginia, other than the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg.
08-07-2004 19:59:10 |
More by merlin48
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
A buddy put me on to WoD. It was simple to find in Abingdon, just off Main St, but easy to see why most people would overlook it. It houses a wine shop and a coffee house. The place is small and at first glance I did not think they had any beers.
After you pass a compact wine area you notice a set of steps on your right and go down into a cellar area where the higher priced wines are stored and the sweet beer nectar. They had a small selection. Noticeably absent are the micros. Only two that I saw, Sierra Nevada and Troegs. Almost everything else is imported. Many German beers as well as a Belgian section. They have all the Caracole beers which oddly enough I do not see in other stores. Most others will have a bottle or two. I did see some old shelf tags touting beers that were out of stock, and those selections looked pretty good. And the quality was high under the cool conditions.
The owner was very nice. Explained the selections and the way they were organized. I told here I had tasted every beer in the store and she commented that I was the type of beer drinker that they were trying to cater to. High marks for service.
If you are in the area, it is definitely worth a stop in. You will not find any beers that aren't available a couple of hours down the road in Blacksburg, but you will find a solid selection of beers and the best selection found to date West of I-77 in VA.
06-18-2004 17:31:46 |
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