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South Hill Wine Styles in Puyallup – Don’t bother

As a part of a new series, we’re going to start rating our experiences with wine shops and tasting rooms. All too many times have we ran into folks who really have no business owning or working in a wine shop. These kind of hoyty-toyty folks are ones who have too much money and time on their hands and get a wild-hair idea that they’ll make a killin’ opening a wine shop.

Society and wine-drinkers are large would be better served if some of those folks saved that money for their retirement or went into something they’re actually good at.

If you want to check out a good wine shop with a good wine selection staffed by knowledgeable people, then this Wine Styles store is not for you. I’ve had the misfortune of being arm-twisted into going to a couple of their Friday night wine tastings and each time I feel as if I have to shower.

The shop has a rather poor wine selection given its relative size – perhaps they could have more wines to choose from if the store wasn’t riddled with crap like t-shirts, “wine monopoly games” and other useless junk.

Another sore-spot with me is how none of the wines are divided into regions and varieties, which makes finding something a real pain in the ass. You’re forced to become like a mindless lemming and slowly walk around the store trying to find something – Lord knows the staff won’t be able to help – they act as if they’re doing you a favor by even talking to you.

Look at all that useless crap! (click on image to enlarge)

Using a 10-point scale, here’s my rating for this store:

  • Wine Selection: 5/10
  • Staff Knowledge: 3/10
  • Prices: 2/10
  • Overall experience: 3/10

The staff members walk around as if they don’t have a clue as to what’s going on and to make matters worse, their wine prices are absolutely REDICULOUS! I’ve seen cheaper prices in some restaurants than this place – really – it’s that jacked up.

-duane pemberton

  • Melinda (KSyrah)

    That is a shame about this shop. I know exactly what you are talking about, I have been in similar shops. We are fortunate to have Compass Wines in Anacortes. If you ever get up north check it out. Very knowledgeable staff, good layout, no t-shirts or wine “gadgets”.

  • dp

    I’ve always heard good things about that shop… care to write-up a review on it for the site? :)

  • Nico

    Compass, great shop… euhhh wait that my brother in law….

    Seriously, they are doing a great job. Great idea to review wine shops. What if we create a small online community that reviews wine shops accross the country?


  • erplaster

    Funny- your website states “Stomping the snob out of wine” that is exactly what this store does. You complain about it being hard to find selections because you can’t locate it by region… who’s the snob? I find it very easy to find what I’m looking for the way they catagorize their selections and the owner has always steered me right when I explain my taste and what I like. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and are always greeted with a cheery hello the minute someone walks in the door. I find this store a delight, go see for yourselves.

  • duanep

    By the way – no big surprise – this store went out of business last year.. :)