If you have a Total Wine store in your area, I strongly recommend checking it out. My first visit was jaw dropping. Of course, coming from
where you can't buy wine or liquor anywhere but the state run monopoly may have
colored my reaction.
The quality and selection at Total Wine is just amazing. They have bottles of decent wine for as little as $3.50. They have their own house wine which is quite palatable. But get this, THEY TAKE RETURNS! Yeah, you read it correctly, they take returns.
They will recommend product and then add that if you don't like it, return it! Flabbergasted, I say I was flabbergasted! My wise acre personality had to ask the guy,"how much has to be left in the bottle?" I meant it jokingly but he said, we prefer at least half a bottle remain if you don't like it. If it takes a half a bottle to determine whether you like something, you need to trade in your palate.
To top it off, their prices are consistently the lowest I can find on everything I have compared. Again comparing to the
Pennsylvania monopoly I saw a $10 difference on a bottle
of Jameson but even compared to the free trading Florida with wine sold darn near
everywhere, Total Wine normally has the
These folks have a good business model and if you have not checked them out when you have the opportunity, you have nothing to whine about when over charged for your spirits.
If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.