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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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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Gilbert Tempe Marketplace Tempe
California
Roseville Arden Folsom Tustin
Huntington Beach Northridge Brea Thousand Oaks
Redondo Beach Laguna Hills Palm Desert
Connecticut
Norwalk
Georgia
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Nevada
Reno Las Vegas (Boca Park) Las Vegas (Henderson)
New Jersey
River Edge
South Carolina
Greenville
Virginia
Chantilly McLean S. Richmond Alexandria
Delaware & Maryland
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Florida
N. Miami Orlando (Millenia) Orlando (Colonial) Jacksonville
Plantation Pinecrest Pembroke Pines Palm Beach Gardens
Wellington St. Petersburg Viera West Kendall
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Bellevue Tukwila Northgate Lynnwood
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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!

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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.

Grab Your Glass — It’s National Drink Wine Day!

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Hey, would you look at that — It’s February 18th again! Get the wine glasses out, because today is National Drink Wine Day.

Indeed, you heard us right. It’s a real thing!

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Today we celebrate everything wine. We honor its production and producers, who have have been making it since 7000-6600 B.C.E.  We also toast the popularity of wine, with over 19 million acres of the world’s surface being planted with grape vines today. While the methods of producing wine and its popularity have changed over time, the end product still retains its original intended purpose — a drink with which to celebrate.

Yet, while we know all this information about wine, National Drink Wine Day is still somewhat of a mystery. We know that it has been celebrated for some time, but it has no historical record to help clearly pinpoint its origin. What we do know is every February 18th in the United States, no matter what day of the year it falls on, is dedicated to celebrating our common penchant for enjoying a tasty glass of wine.

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Grab a glass!

So today we ask you to grab a glass, a favorite (or new) wine, and some friends or family. Let’s toast to the ingenuity of the human spirit that allowed us to concoct such a marvelous wonder for everyone to enjoy.

Salud. Proost. Skål. Santé. Sláinte. No matter how you choose to say it, a raised glass of wine can be understood in any language. Cheers!

downton-abbey-wineNeed help finding the right wine to enjoy tonight? Check out our wine selections!

Already have everything planned out? Share your wine recommendations and food pairings in the comments to help give everyone else a few extra ideas!

5 Reasons to Celebrate National Drink Wine Day

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National Drink Wine Day is back on February 18. If you’re not already planning on celebrating with us, here are a few reasons to grab your best wine pals and participate.

1. You had a great day

Everything seems to be going your way today! Work went great, you got that promotion you’ve been gunning for, or maybe it’s something as simple as getting the kids off to school without anything crazy happening. No matter how large or small your triumph was, it’s time to celebrate!

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2. You had a bad day

They happen. Things in life just don’t always go the way we plan. Don’t get down, call a friend or two over for some company, and just unwind with a glass … maybe two.

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3. You deserve it

You know reason #1 and #2? Whichever kind of day you had, just know you deserve to relax. Because if you haven’t heard it lately, you’re awesome.

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4. You have friends that love wine, and you enjoy sharing

You and your friends both love wine. What better day to get together and enjoy your common love than on National Drink Wine Day? Grab your phone and text/call a few friends. Just make sure to drop a hint that a couple of them should bring over a bottle, in case you end up having more guests than you bargained for.

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5. You don’t need a reason

It’s National Drink Wine Day. Do you really need more reasons? Probably not. Grab a glass and a bottle of your favorite red or white wine tonight, and kick your feet up. Cheers!

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Which wine will you be enjoying on February 18th to celebrate Drink Wine Day?

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp “Fade to White” Stout Tapping begins January 30

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This past fall, twelve Total Wine & More store team members from eleven states traveled to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California for a special Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Beer Camp is an intense two-day immersion in craft beer and brewing, during which attendees select a style of beer to brew and the beer’s ingredients, and work with brewing experts in Sierra Nevada’s state-of-the-art pilot brewhouse to brew the beer.

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The Total Wine & More Beer Camp Team

Working as a team, our group zeroed in on brewing a beer that would be unique, flavorful, intriguing, appealing, sellable, and memorable. Pale Stout, a.k.a. White Stout, is a nearly extinct beer style rooted in 18th and 19th century English history. Our Beer Camp version includes some modern craft brewing twists. Named Fade to White, this pale stout is golden in color with a creamy texture, displaying a rich aroma of baker’s cocoa and roast coffee, akin to a chocolate-covered espresso bean.

Fade to White measures 7.1% ABV and 43 IBUs. The grain bill comprises Two-Row pale, smoked malt, acidulated malt, wheat and oats. Aurora hops provide bittering, with Aurora, Celia, and Australian Cascade hops for finishing. Additional ingredients include star anise, coffee and cocoa powder. Fermentation was with ale yeast.

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Rob Hill, adding the malt

“We’re incredibly excited to share Fade to White with our customers,” says Rob Hill, Certified Cicerone at Total Wine’s home office. Hill, who attended Beer Camp with his Total Wine colleagues, added, “Our Beer Camp experience was incredible. Sierra Nevada’s dedication to quality, process innovation, sustainability, product consistency, and all things craft beer is evident in everything they do. Beer Camp is expertly run and a great education.”

Fade to White Pale Stout is draught only and will be available for sale in growlers beginning 5:00 P.M. local time on Friday, January 30 in all of Total Wine’s 36 stores with growler stations. Check www.totalwine.com/whatsontap for store locations and growler tap listings.

Total Mixology Series: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Starting January 29, we’re kicking off our #TotalMixology series at select stores in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington state.

Attendees will learn how to mix classic cocktails, enjoy a sampling of tasty mixed drinks and save with the best spirit prices in town. Then you can take your new mixology skills and show them off at your next get-together with friends and family!

Learn more on our mixology cocktail event page.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect, check out our Instagram video below to learn how to make a Moscow Mule featuring Tobaritch Vodka, Ginger Beer, and lime juice.

Be sure to join us in-store for these mixology events each Thursday-Sunday through February 8 to learn other great recipes!

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