Wine and Beer Classes for July: Take Your Knowledge to the Next Level!

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The kids may not be in school in July, but that doesn’t mean the adults can’t head to class and brush up their knowledge. Wine and beer knowledge, that is!

Join us this month for the following beer and wine classes! Also, don’t forget about the Caymus livestream wine tasting featuring Owner Chuck Wagner and Family on July 11th either. Click here for more details on that event.

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July Beer Class: Brewery Spotlight Featuring Samuel Adams

July 16 or 17 (depending on class location). Seats are $15 per person.

Register online for your local class by clicking here.

Join us for a brewery spotlight event featuring Samuel Adams. Attendees will enjoy a step-by-step appraisal of a wide variety of beer styles as well as cheese pairings. Reserve a seat now and get ready to learn about beer from one of America’s favorite breweries.

* Food will not be served in CT or MN classes due to state restrictions

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July Wine Class: A Blind Wine Tasting – Undercover Vines

July 23, 24 or 25 (depending on class location). Seats are $20 per person.

Register online for this class by clicking here.

Back by popular demand, this fun and thought-provoking class will offer attendees the opportunity to blind-taste eight delicious wines. Learn how to develop tasting skills as you identify unlabeled wines by qualities such as color, acidity and aromas. Wines will be paired off and tasted blind for all to compare. Each pair will be crafted from identical grape varieties grown in different parts of the world. Which wine will be declared the winner? Only you can decide!

We’re Opening in Altamonte Springs, Florida!

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Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our first store in Altamonte Springs, Florida!

The new store will be located at 160 East Altamonte Drive in the Marketplace at Altamonte, across from Burlington Coat Factory — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday July 2nd at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).

This is our 24th store in Florida, and our third in the greater Orlando area. We’re looking forward to finally settling in Seminole County, and even more excited to be members of this lively and growing neighborhood. We already can’t wait to get involved and start giving back to the amazing Altamonte Springs community!

Stop by the store July 2-5 and join us in supporting the The Seminole Cultural Arts Council — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our Grand Opening weekend sales to benefit the council.

Join us for Grand Opening tastings and events starting at 4 P.M. on July 2nd featuring Martin RayCaymus, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Absolut Vodka, and Patrón Tequila. We’ll also have bottle engraving events with Brown-Forman, live music and more!

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Caymus Live-Via-Webcast Tasting Featuring Owner Chuck Wagner and Family

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Celebrate the Unveiling of the 2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Vintage!

Please join us on Saturday, July 11th from 4:00-5:15 PM EST (1:00-2:15 PM PST) for a guided tasting of the Wagner Family of Wines, featuring the 2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet vintage, lead by the Wagner family.

 

Chuck Wagner joined his parents in 1972 to create Caymus Vineyards, world-renowned for highly rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Chuck and his children are proud to showcase quality Wagner made wines produced from the premier winegrowing regions of California.

 

Join Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner for an exclusive live-via-webcast guided tasting featuring six delicious wines, including the 2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The day of the event, guests will receive a gift from the winery and sample the following wines:

 

Conundrum California White Wine

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc

Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay

Belle Glos ‘Las Alturas’ Pinot Noir

Emmolo Merlot

2013 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Have a question for the Wagners? Post it in the comments and we just might ask it live during the tasting!

 

Looking to reserve your seat at the Caymus tasting? Click the link to your local store below to join us. Tickets are $20 per person. 

Update: Any location below with a strike through is now sold out.

Arizona
Gilbert Glendale Goodyear Scottsdale
Tempe (Marketplace) Tucson  Tucson II
California
Brea Palm Desert Northridge Rancho Cucamonga
Redondo Beach Thousand Oaks
Arden Folsom Roseville
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, and Maryland
Manchester, CT Claymont, DE Atlanta, GA Towson, MD
Florida
Daytona Beach Kendall Melbourne (Viera) Naples
North Miami Orlando (Colonial) Orlando (Millenia) Pembroke Pines
Plantation Pinecrest South Sarasota St. Petersburg
Stuart / Jensen Beach Wellington
Minnesota
Bloomington Burnsville Roseville (Rosedale) Woodbury

North Carolina
Charlotte (Myers Park) Charlotte (Promenade)
Raleigh (North Hills) Raleigh (Triangle) Winston-Salem
New Mexico & Nevada
Cottonwood, NM Henderson, NV Reno, NV Summerlin, NV
South Carolina
Charleston Columbia Greenville
Texas
Arlington Dallas Fort Worth Lewisville
Plano (East) Plano (North) San Antonio (Del Norte) San Antonio (The Rim)
Virginia
Alexandria Chantilly McLean Richmond (Robious)
Virginia Beach
Washington
Bellevue Tukwila Spokane Valley Vancouver

Tuscan Wine Experience: Follow Up and Q&A with Marchese Piero Antinori

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, June 13th for our live-via-webcast tasting featuring the wines of Marchesi Antinori. We’re grateful to Marchese Piero Antinori for taking the time to guide everyone through a wonderful tasting, and also to our panelists Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow and Glenn Salva (general manager of Antica Napa Valley) for helping lead the discussion. If you couldn’t attend, you can watch the entire broadcast in the video above.

If you’re looking for more information about this event and the wines we tasted, please take a look at our prior blog post here.

We had a lot of great questions for Piero from social media, but due to time constraints we couldn’t answer them all live. We followed up with Piero Antinori and received a few more responses from him. Here’s what he had to say.

PA: “The wines [we sampled] today were a great representation to answer just this question.  Another wine to consider is the Villa Antinori Toscana, which is a Sangiovese red blend that is also carried at Total Wine & More.  It is a great expression of Tuscany, but also has a history of tradition and innovation within the Antinori family of estates – is is a great introduction to the wines of Antinori.”

PA: “The advantage is to create a new expression or flavor profile of the wines that might not be available to the winemaker if they were using a 100% of one varietal.  Every winemaker might have a different reason and some may also do this to leverage the grapes that do better in certain weather conditions. For example, to help balance out extreme hot, cold, dry or wet vintages.”

PA: “Col Solare focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon, where as the vineyards in Tuscany have a large variety of grapes, but mainly focus on Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sangiovese is a late ripening grape, thin skinned and can be very finicky, so far it seems to love its home in Tuscany the best.  Bill St. John, a well known wine journalist wrote a recent article on just this topic.” 

PA: “It depends on the meal, but one of the Antinori Chainti wines is a common sight at the table as well as Vermentino or Antica Napa Valley Chardonnay for a white wine selection.”

PA: “Yes, we enjoyed them all. Wine is too precious to waste!”

We’re Opening in Long Beach, California!

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Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our first store in Long Beach, California!

The new store will be located at 7400 Carson Blvd in the Long Beach Towne Center, right next to the Ashley Furniture — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday June 4th at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).

This is our tenth store in Southern California, but our first in the LBC and we’re looking forward to finally settling in the Aquatic Capital of America. We’re excited to be members of this lively and growing neighborhood and can’t wait to get involved and start giving back to the amazing Long Beach community.

Stop by the store June 4-7 and join us in supporting the Aquarium of the Pacific — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our Grand Opening weekend sales to benefit the aquarium.

Join us for Grand Opening tastings and events starting at 4 P.M. on June 4th featuring CaymusChateau Ste. Michelle, Silver Oak Winery, Woodchuck Cider, and Belching Beaver Brewery. Don’t forget about our bottle engraving events of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Gentleman Jack Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Plus live music and more!

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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 California.

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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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Have a question for Piero you would like us to ask live during the event? Post it in the comments below!

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.

Arizona
Glendale – Sold Out Scottsdale – Sold Out Tucson – Sold Out
California
Arden Brea Laguna Hills
Connecticut
Manchester
Delaware
Claymont – Sold Out
Florida
Jacksonville Sold Out Naples – Sold Out North Miami
Pinecrest Plantation Viera (Melbourne)
West Kendall
Georgia
Atlanta (Perimeter)
Minnesota
Burnsville Roseville (Rosedale)
North Carolina
Winston-Salem
New Mexico
Uptown – Sold Out
Nevada
Las Vegas – Sold Out
South Carolina
Columbia
Texas
Arlington Plano North San Antonio (Del Norte)
Virginia
Chantilly – Sold Out McLean South Richmond – Sold Out
Washington State
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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.

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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.

Arizona
Glendale Goodyear Scottsdale
California
Arden Brea SoldOut Folsom  SoldOut Laguna HillsSoldOut
Northridge SoldOut Palm Desert Rancho Cucamonga Roseville
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Minnesota
Bloomington Burnsville Roseville (Rosedale) Woodbury
Nevada
Henderson Reno
New Mexico
Cottonwood Uptown
Texas
Arlington Plano (East) Plano (North) Lewisville
San Antonio (The Rim) San Antonio (Del Norte)
Washington State
Bellevue Federal Way Lynnwood Olympia
Puyallup Seattle (Northgate) Spokane Valley Spokane
Tukwila Vancouver

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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