250 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill
Maryland-based Total Wine & More opened their first East Bay location today in a giant, 20,000 s.f. store where Office Depot used to be, a couple of stores down from Best Buy in Pleasant Hill. In addition to a huge selection of wine, beer, and spirits, they also feature a humidor room with plenty of cigars.
In the back is a classroom section where you can sign up for classes to learn about specific types of wine or beer which lasts 90 minutes and includes samples for about $20 – $40 per class. It will also be possible to book the entire meeting space for business, community and social events for free when not in use.
There are separate wine and beer tasting areas available to try for 10 cents. Old world wines are organized by country whereas new world wines are grouped by varietals. In addition, there are separate sections for “highly rated”, and descriptions such as “elegant & soft”, “big & robust” and plenty more types to make it easy to find the perfect pairing for your meal. As for beer, they offer a huge variety of international and local brews, and have a keg section in the back that you can check out as well. (See the photo of the kegs after the jump).
More photos of the inside after the jump…