I got invited to the opening of Total Wine & More in Mountain View, California.
The only snag was that it for the evening I arrived back from Japan. In fact, the opening was going to start only two hours after I landed. But even though I knew I'd be exhausted after a twelve hour flight, I said yes to the invite.
I wanted to see what this was all about.
I'd heard good things about Total Wine -- people had described it as the Disneyland of wine stores. Plus, on the invite, they promised good food and... good wine.
So first thing I did when I entered the store, was head to the Moët & Chandon champagne bar.
Glass in hand and feeling a little less tired, I started exploring the store and tasting the wines.
My first impression was that the store felt nicely laid out. It didn't feel warehouse-y, like you were there to get a good deal and get the heck out.
Even though the prices at Total Wine are in line with the warehouse stores, it felt like you wanted to take your time strolling through the aisles, discovering new things.
When I interacted with the staff, I found them knowledgeable and helpful. You could tell they love what they do.
Next I made a pitstop at the desserts.
I washed the desserts down with a few helpings of poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish that is becoming a big thing here in the Bay Area. These were really yummy and went well with the wine.
And then it was time for cheese. Who knew the Bay Area could look so good in cheese?
Overall, I was impressed with the huge selection of wines. There was seriously anything you could image from any locale.
There was also a large area for spirits and beer. I heard there was even a humidor.
And the store was also filled with all the wine accoutrements you could ever need. As someone who loves throwing parties, I was in heaven.
Finally, for some final wine-themed entertainment, they had a representative from Moët & Chandon open a bottle of champagne using an actual saber. He just kind of sliced the top off. And yes, it was impressive.
For many of you, you're probably familiar with Total Wine & More. I just read they have over 150 stores across the US. But they've just come to the Bay Area, so this was all new for me.
And I will say, Total Wines is now my new favorite wine shop.
The store was warm and welcoming, and yes, it did feel a little like "Disney for adults." And I have to say, that was a very nice way to ease my jetlag.
Also, if you live in the Bay Area, you can place your Total Wine order through Instacart, and they'll deliver it right to your door.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Total Wine & More. The opinions and text are all mine.