Austin, Texas Grand Opening Week Two – Supporting the Hill Country Conservancy and Tasting Events

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What a first week we’ve had in Austin! We hope everyone who stopped by last week enjoyed checking out our new store in Sunset Valley. However, we’ve still got more Grand Opening events and other great reasons for you to stop by this weekend too.

Stop by the store May 28-30 and join us in supporting the Hill Country Conservancy — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the Hill Country Conservancy! We’ll also have more Grand Opening tastings and events starting on Friday, May 29th at 4 PM CDT. Join us for wine tastings with Fiesta WineryHaak Vineyards & Winery, and McPherson Cellars. Craft beer fans can also join in on the fun with beer tastings featuring South Austin Brewery, Grapevine Craft Brewery, Firestone Walker, and Infamous Brewing Company. We will also have giveaways and other in-store events like spirit tastings and engraving events with Nue Vodka, Deep Eddy Vodka, Qui Tequila, and Woodford Reserve. Plus wine class giveaways and more — stop in and explore our incredible selection of local products, craft beers, wines and spirits.

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Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Texas.

Already planning on joining us for our Grand Opening events? Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #totalwineGO. Our social team will be sharing the very best experiences and photos on our social accounts.

Tuscan Wine Experience: An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event Featuring Marchese Piero Antinori

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Please join us on Saturday, June 13th from 4-5 PM EST (1-2 PM PST) for an exclusive live-via-webcast guided tasting featuring a selection of Marchese Piero Antinori’s incredible wines as a part of our Discover Italy series of events.

The Antinori Family has been making wine for 630 years. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land.

Today Marchese Piero Antinori is president of the company, assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, who play critical roles in the business. As president, Marchese Piero Antinori has shaped the company over the decades to be one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines.  Antinori wines are prized by wine lovers around the world for their commitment to the qualities of tradition, passion and innovation.

“As the 25th generation to head the firm, Piero has transformed it into one of the world’s most influential wine companies. Safeguarding his family’s legacy has been his life’s work.”
– Wine Spectator Magazine (April 30, 2015)

Piero will be joining us live-via-webcast from his Antinori property, Antica Napa Valley.

Featured Wines:

  • Guado al Tasso Vermentino Bolgheri DOC
    94 Points, Wine Advocate
  • La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano DOC
  • Villa Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
  • Tignanello Toscana IGT
    93 Points, Wine Advocate
  • Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri DOC
  • Guado al Tasso Bolgheri DOC Superiore
  • Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
    91 Points, Wine Advocate

Tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets for this exciting tasting event at your local Total Wine & More location by clicking your local store link below.

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We’re Opening in Austin, Texas!

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Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our newest store in Sunset Valley, Texas!

The new store will be in the Sunset Valley Village Shopping Center, right next to the Nordstrom Rack — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday May 21 at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).

This is our ninth store in Texas, but our first in the Austin capital area and we’re looking forward to settling in as Austinites. We are excited to be members of this vibrant and expanding neighborhood and can’t wait to dig in and get involved in this amazing community.

Stop by the store this weekend and join us in supporting The Long Center for the Performing Arts — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the Long Center! We’ll have music provided by the Austin Opera Company as well as tastings with Wagner Family of Wines, Fall Creek Vineyards, Austin Eastciders in our Brewery District! We will also have giveaways and other in-store events like Gentleman Jack Whiskey, Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Jack Daniels Single Barrel bottle engraving and tasting—come in and explore our incredible selection of local products, craft beers, wines and spirits.

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Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Texas.

Already planning on joining us for our Grand Opening events? Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #totalwineGO. Our social team will be sharing the very best experiences and photos on our social accounts.

An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event with Ken Grossman, Founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

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It’s that time of year! The Total Beer Experience is back, and we want you to join us and #DiscoverBeer. To make joining us all the more delicious, we have a very special event this year that’s perfect for any level of craft beer fan.

On Friday, May 8th from 5-6 PM PST we’ll be hosting a live-via-webcast tasting in select stores with Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Not that familiar with Ken? You should be! He’s a legend in the craft beer industry.

Back in 1976, Ken began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. He was determined to brew outstanding ales and lagers. On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company brewed their first batch of beer. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is considered by many to be the top craft brewery in the United States. With an inspiring combination of tradition and innovation, Sierra Nevada continues to push the boundaries of craft beer.

Guests at this event will enjoy cold beer (some are new, some are classics) as well as pizza. See below for a list of beers at this event.

Featured Beers:

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
  • Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

The best part is, this exclusive event costs only $5 to join. That’s right, just $5! We’re not crazy. It’s all for the love of beer.

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If you would like to join us, click on the store link below that is closest to you and register for that class online via Eventbrite. 

Got a question for Ken? Post it in the comments! We might just ask it live during the broadcast for you.

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Join us for the Grand Opening of our Manchester, Connecticut Store!

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Manchester – it’s finally time!

We’re opening our second location in Connecticut today, which marks our 114th store opening across the nation. The new location is just northeast of Hartford, and we want you to be a part of the celebration! Join us for all our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 P.M. EST.

Find out all the details on our Grand Opening activities by clicking here.

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Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Connecticut.

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An Exclusive Virtual Tasting Event Featuring Michel Chapoutier

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Please join us Sunday, April 19 for an exclusive live-via-webcast guided tasting featuring a selection of winemaking superstar Michel Chapoutier’s incredible wines.

Featured:

  • M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage “La Petite Ruche” Blanc 2013
  • M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Bernardine” 2011
  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage “Chante-Alouette” 2012
  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage “Monier de la Sizeranne” 2011

Since 1808, Maison M. Chapoutier has cultivated its vineyards with the greatest respect for nature and soil. Michel Chapoutier took over his family winery in 1990 at age 26 and has since become one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France.

A visionary, Michel works tirelessly to perfect the art of wine with each vintage. As a pioneer of biodynamic winemaking in the Rhône Valley, he insists on meticulous vineyard management in harmony with the earth, ensuring that his wines show full expression of the soil, the grape variety and the vintage. mc_vignes (1) Today, Michel Chapoutier has received more 100-point scores than any winemaker in the world!

Purchase tickets for this exciting event at your local Total Wine & More location by selecting your store below.

Event is Sunday April 19, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST (12:00-1:30 PM PST)
Tickets are $25/person

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Four Tips to Get You Ready For St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! The one day of the year we can all be Irish. Break out the glasses, shamrocks and green dye, it’s time for a merry jig to get you into the St. Paddy’s spirit.

Here are five quick tips to get you ready for March 17th.

#1) Make sure you have your Irish beer, whiskey and liqueurs ready.

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Whether you’re throwing a party or just enjoying the holiday with a few close friends, you’re going to need to stock up and get ready for the celebration. So we’re here to help you do just that!

Head over to our website and pick up all your St. Paddy’s essentials! Shop Now

#2) Wear green, avoid the pinch.

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Let’s be honest. No one likes the person who has to give you a pinch. No matter where you work, or who you’re with, someone is going to try and pull this.

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Don’t be this guy.

#3) Mix up some Irish-themed cocktails

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If you’re the host you better be ready. Don’t be the person who thought the beer you had sitting in the fridge was enough. Remember, folks like cocktails on St. Patrick’s Day too (especially made with Irish whiskey).

Looking for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to mix up? Check out the Total Wine & More Cocktail Corner!

#4) Get your jig on!

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Need some good tunes to go with that jig? Check out our St. Patrick’s Day playlist on Spotify for some classic songs for the holiday.

Discover Spain & Portugal: Explore some of the world’s best wine values

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Starting March 1, we’re bringing wines from Spain and Portugal to you at your local Total Wine & More location. That’s right, we want to help you discover these wines with tastings, events, savings and more!

Our Discover Spain and Portugal events will focus on different regions from each Country. From Spain, we’ll be exploring the Rueda, Ribera Del Duero, and Rioja wine regions. From Portugal, we’ll be showcasing the wines of Vinho Verde and the Douro.

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One of the stunning vineyards in the Ribera del Duero wine region of Spain

We’ll be exploring Spain’s great sparkling wine, Cava. We’ll also take a look at Porto, the famous Portuguese fortified wine. Specifically, we’ll explore Ruby Port and Tawny Port.

How can you take advantage of Discover Spain & Portugal?

Click here to head over to our event page and check out the events occurring at your local store!

Don’t forget to sign up for our emails to get the latest news and savings at our store!

Can’t wait?

Shop our Spanish Wines here. Shop our Portugal wines here.

*Please note that tasting events will vary by state and exclude locations where tastings are not permitted by law

Open that Bottle Night: Get Your Corkscrew Ready!

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We’ve all got that one wine bottle.

You know the one. Maybe it’s on the pricey side, but it’s that one bottle that you bought for a “special occasion” to celebrate or commemorate. Yet somehow that occasion has passed by, or possibly it hasn’t even presented itself yet. We’re here to tell you – it’s time to stop holding on. Break out that significant bottle and enjoy it!

No Jess, not that one.

No Jess. We’re pretty sure that’s not the one.

This Saturday (2/28/2015) is finally the day to uncork, swirl and sip. The last Saturday in February is known as Open that Bottle Night (OTBN), and this year celebrates its 16th anniversary.

Invented by American journalists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher,  the day was first celebrated in 2000 when the duo encouraged their Wall Street Journal column readers to open a special bottle they had been holding onto. So on Saturday, let’s do just that. Open that wine and free it from its glass prison. It’s time to let it breathe!

Keep in mind, OTBN isn’t just about the wine though.

Sure, the wine is a big (and tasty) part of the celebration. But the night is just as much, or even more so, about the story and memories attached to that bottle.

Fond memories, bittersweet ones, or even hopes for the future; There’s a story that is unique to you and perhaps a few select others which makes that particular bottle so special, and that’s more than likely why it remains unopened. This is the one that we’re encouraging you to open; not your most expensive, or even oldest, bottle you have.

Open the wine the one that holds the most significant sentimental value, and while you enjoy it relive those happy moments and let go of the bittersweet ones.

No matter what your reason for holding onto that bottle is, we’d be honored if you shared the story behind it with us. Comment below and let us know what bottle you’ll be opening and the reason it’s so special!

Oh, and remember not to be stingy. Sharing is caring.

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Classic Cocktails for the 87th Academy Awards

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This Sunday the 87th Academy Awards will be broadcast live to honor all of favorite actors, actresses, film makers, and more from the past year. Whether you plan on entertaining a few friends or having a relaxing night in watching The Oscars, watch it in style. Mix up one of these classic cocktails that have graced the big screen so you can enjoy during the award ceremony.

 The Manhattan

Marilyn Monroe certainly had a bright idea when her and co-stars found a bottle of bourbon and some vermouth in Some Like it Hot in 1959. While the characters in the movie went the bourbon route based on what was available to them, we prefer to use Rye Whiskey and a few other ingredients. Make no mistake, any version of this cocktail would still get “the party started” in Upper 7.

Planning on making a Manhattan for Sunday? Check out the video below and grab the ingredients here.

Dirty Martini

Shaken, not stirred. James Bond’s classic martini might be the Vesper, but there are many variations of his go-to drink. We prefer a Dirty Martini which makes for a relaxing cocktail that will appeal to any gin or vodka fan. Also, the olive. Yum.

Make sure this version is stirred, not shaken. Grab the ingredients here.

The Muddled Old Fashioned

Whether you’re thinking of Ryan Gosling’s character from Crazy, Stupid, Love. or Don Draper from Mad Men, this cocktail has made it’s rounds in movies and on TV. Draper may not have graced the big screen, but he did win an Emmy. Also, let’s be honest. That guy knows his cocktails.

Watch the video below to learn how to make the Muddled Old Fashioned. Get the ingredients to make this cocktail here.

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