Later this month, Spec’s and Twin Liquors will be joined by another big liquor store chain that already has eight other locations in Texas.
Total Wine & More, the country’s “largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer,” will offer a greater selection of these beverages than any other retailer in Austin, according to a press release.
The first Austin location, opening at 5601 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley, won’t just have an extensive selection of alcoholic drink options. The store will also have a climate-controlled wine cellar for rare selections, a separate walk-in humidor for cigars and growler stations with fresh-brewed beer from the tap — all store offerings characteristic of the chain.
“Our selection comes from all over the world and includes more than 8,000 individual labels of wine, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers, but what really sets us apart is our desire to educate and share our passion for our products with our customers,” co-owner David Trone, who owns Total Wine with his brother, Robert, said in the press release.
In addition to those features, Total Wine plans to host regular beer, wine and spirits tastings that will be based around wine-producing regions and seasonal topics, as well as offer “an in-store classroom for themed private tastings, consumer education courses and community and business meetings,” according to the press release. Plus, iPads will be available so that customers can figure out which wines to pair with their meals.
Total Wine, which is in a total of 16 states around the U.S., already plans to open additional locations in Austin once the Sunset Valley spot gets up and running. Currently, the liquor store giant has permits to build another location at 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., near Lakeline Mall.