Your right but I guess we lucked out that we have family owned and run store .They just celebrated 15 yrs in business plus they were making they own wine long before that so they are very helpful . Like they told us they are only a phone call away also if we are in doubt about anything so we don't haveto go to the store . Also like here thier theory is the stupid question is the one we don't ask . I love this site but sometimes I just don't have the time search for the answer I also love that you can have your own opinion without getting gagged on .Also what we did was go buy the wines we were wondering if we would like in a commercial brand to see if we liked that style of wine .Than again NS, just because someone works at a brew shop means they have any knowledge. My local HBS's owner asked me just the other day about managing the place. I could barely fake the wine end of it, and I know almost nothing about beer. I could do the management and organizing end but just because you work there, doesn't necessarily mean you have any knowledge!
Thats why I am so happy and proud to be a member of a site like this. I can find an answer in here way faster, and have a "qualified" answer faster than I can from an unknown clerk at a brew shop. Don't get me wrong, I am sure there are many shops who look for knowledgable people to work in them, but if I am going to spend a whole lot of money on a kit, supplies, fruit, grains, etc., and then I have a question or a problem, I'd sure like the one giving me advice to have a little experience behind them!
This is something to consider for anyone new to brewing their own. This is why we have this great site here.