Holiday Wine Cellar
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4.36/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place to hit if you're making the trip out to Stone. Easy parking and not far off the highway.
Medium size store with cases of new brews at the front door so you can't miss them, and a cooler out back with doors for sixers and bombers. The cooler is also a walk-in and practically all the beer is kept in the cooler. A heavy amount of imports as well as locals and domestics, and it's no problem to find your hands full of chilled goodies in no time.
A very cool spiral staircase goes down to a lower level, which I would guess has more wine (didn't venture).
They also had stacks of a spiced stout made for them by Ballast Point, so high marks for having an exclusive on that beer!
No help was offered or requested which is fine by me, but they do get my approval for simply giving me a box for my beers, which some places actually will not do.
10-24-2011 13:09:36 | More by brewandbbq
4.44/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Friendly place. Cool wine cellar and tasting room down the spiral staircase.
Damn good beer selection and helpful staff. Not familiar with a beer? This guy was more than willing to help out by offering tasting notes on each of the beers in the cooler. Impressed. Not an easy task.
This place is most easily compared to Hi-Time Wine Cellar, which is the best beer store of upper Southern California (Orange County). While I'm sure Holiday is nearly, if not the best beer store in the San Diego area. They, just like Hi-Time, keep most of their beer in a walk in fridge. There's not only many breweries represented here from all over the world, but also very complete collections of those breweries. For instance you can find more Cantillon here than most places. They also have a huge lineup of Jolly Pumpkin. They also have, of course, a great selection of San Diego beers you can't find a couple hours north of SD (ie Oggi's in bottles, Coronado brewing, and certain releases from the main breweries of SD).
Will visit again, and again, and again!
10-07-2011 21:42:48 | More by allyourbeers
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this joint with Alucard4 and DarthKostrizer after Stone 15th Anniversary.
The place IMO is in a weird spot totally foreign to me. You'd almost never end up here unless you knew where you were going. The building is quite an old building with cool character. You walk in and all the wine is on the right with a very high end selection. All the liquor is on the left with very high end choices as well like Louis XIV. In the back is the old school, but cool wide door cooler with sloped/rolling bottle racks. On the backside of that cooler is the walk-in cooler that has a ton more beer.
The beer selection is above average but not outstanding due to the fact that they surprisingly did not have alot of CA and local brewery stuff I was looking for. They really have the capacity to, and I wish they would devote a section to local breweries like: Alpine, Green Flash, Alesmith, Iron Fist, Port, Stone, Ballast Point etc. In the walk in cooler they had an excellent selection of Belgian beer and other rare euro beers. In the reach in they had a good selection of rare foreign beer as well like some from Japan and Germany that we picked up.
This place is a must stop if in the area and we'll stop here after every Stone Anniversary I'm sure. This place would be amazing with a few improvements in selection and I look forward to next time.
08-27-2011 20:38:28 | More by MrVonzipper
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visit this place every year after the Stone Anniversary party and every year I believe the selection has gone down hill just a bit but it is still exceptional. I would have like to have seen more local breweries here than I did for instance there were no Alpine beers. Make sure that if you visit this place that you actually go into the walk in cooler because they have a bigger selection back there then what you actually see up front and I would say they might have a couple hundred different beers in stock. The service here is always just "hey guys can I help you find anything" and then they ring you up and thats about it honestly so I think there is room for improvement there but I am just being picky. Final thoughts if you are ever in Escondido and are look for a good bottle shop I highly recommend this place.
08-27-2011 17:42:12 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.56/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
About time I give them a review. I stop in whenever I am in the area or passing through. Love the atmosphere of this place, and the new walk in cooler is a great addition. The employees have always been willing to help and look up information on specific beers and inform you of what they know will be coming in soon. The selection is one of the better ones in San Diego, with some NW beers as well as all the locals you would expect. The prices on some beers tend to be a little high maybe a dollar more then I have seen other places. Overall its a great store that I will continue to visit.
08-25-2011 14:11:40 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I really enjoyed this bottle shop. Good environment when shopping and in the hot summer weather it was nice and cool inside. Great selection of both cold IPA's and rare stuff on the shelves. The staff that was in during my visit didn't seem to know much about beer, but I didn't mind. Walked out with a bottle of Bommen and Granaten and some other rare stuff and was quite pleased with the whole experience. Overall, I would say this is a great bottle shop and I would recommend it to anyone either living in or visiting San Diego.
08-20-2011 19:11:56 | More by madpentzer
4.26/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very classy old school type liquor store. Has been there for many years. Easy access off the 15 & 78 freeways. This is a routine stop for me when traveling to SD.
Great beer selection with many west coast brews as well as beers from other regions and countries. Several shelves, take your time to see it all. Be sure to go back in the cold storage for additional bottles. Also, if you want something you dont see, ask for it. They have a stash in the back. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Not all are well versed on beer. Give 'em a look if in Escondido. You wont be disappointed.
07-13-2011 05:22:42 | More by Siggy125
4.14/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I lived in Escondido for WAY to long before finding this place. Located in what seems to be an old family restaurant just adds to this place's charm. Upstairs, half of the store is dedicated to beer and the other to wine. This was the store that really assisted me in becoming obsessed with beer, having purchased many of my first premium bottles from here.
If you have a deep pocketbook and also enjoy the wine variety, take a venture down the spiral stairs to the stores cellar. Bottles easily go into the few hundred dollar range. Basically, I walked and witnessed, my wallet is a little light for those beverages.
Go check them out, support your local business, the beer selection won't leave you disappointed!
06-28-2011 01:18:42 | More by tjkinate
4.64/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was on a mission for a collegue, and my mission was to spot some of Alpine's IPA's. Well, sometimes life doesn't work the way you want....
All you need to do as you walk through the automated door to unleash your smile with all the beverages that sit around you. Primarily that beverage is wine, though there is plenty of beer to be found. A display of Belgian and Dutch beers, such as DeRanke, La Trappe, and Caracole, sit towards one end at room temp. Everything else that I ran into was refrigerated, including additonal Belgian and Dutch beers. The bottle labels are a little difficult to make out at first because you find out that the bottles are sitting on their sides, not standing up as one might expect.
I was already excited about the selection, then a friendly store employee approached me and asked if I needed help finding something. "Yeah, where's the Alpine?" I follow her to a different part of the store and viola, I was walking inside the beer cooler. In here, additional beer lay. Lots of Shelton Bros imports (Epic Ales, Amager, Dieu du Ciel!), 3 Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, and yes, Alpine. "Do you have any Nelson?" I was informed that Nelson and its sibling IPA's have been difficult to keep in stock because they have become so popular. Too bad.
That still didn't dampen my spirit though. The beers were well organized and with pricetags, the service was very good, and the selection was more than outstanding. That's all reason enough to stop by Holiday Wine Cellar.
06-24-2011 00:46:12 | More by DoubleJ
3.11/5 rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Brick store, in beer country north san diego. Big parking lot, not adjoined, cool, even took a leak on the side of the place w/o any hubbub.
Great product inside, amazing selection of stuff. Would be higher, but I'll get into that in a minute. Tons of hard to find belgian stuff, good amount of american rarities and standards. Prices are a little steep compared to what I'm used to, but when in rome. . .
Anyways, so I'm buying like $200 of beer, and I overhear the guy in front of me ask about beers 'in the back'. I ask if I can get a bottle of a certain beer 'in the back'. I'm told I have to talk to some jackass that works there (even though I'm talking to someone that works there). I says 'hey can I get ___ beer.' He feigns a sigh, like I'm putting him out, to ask to buy beer, at a store that sells beer. I say look, I've got $200 of beer up here, if you don't want to sell me beer at a beer store, fine. He then asks if I want 2 bottles.
Just put the fuckin' beer on the damn shelf. If you sell it out before I get there, so what. But making customers do such a lame charade is lame. Great store otherwise, but shit man ya know?
EDIT: Place further goes downhill. Hardly any six pack selection anymore, mostly bombers. Massive amount of "employee only" beer in the walk in cooler. Lame.
05-23-2011 18:03:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
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