Store - Wine Selection: Total Wine & More

In 2015, Total Wine & More opened three locations in the St. Louis area – Ballwin, Brentwood and Chesterfield – as part of its first foray into the Midwest market. The store is known for its helpful staff who happily walk you through its growing selection of 2,500 beers, 3,000 spirits and 8,000 wines (including an impressive selection of Missouri favorites from Stone Hill Winery, St. James Winery, Adam Puchta Winery and more). Total Wine & More also features wines from smaller vintners and vineyards across the country, and its selection of bottles are well-marked by varietal, price and even “Wine Buyer’s Selections” picks from Total Wine’s certified and expertly trained staff. (Photo by Heather Riske)

★ Total Wine’s team members must receive 150 hours of training before working the sales floor and undergo training and certification programs, monthly wine producer seminars and weekly tastings to provide customers with top-shelf service.

Total Wine & More, totalwine.com

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