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Holiday Wine Cellar
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
302 W Mission Ave
phone: (760) 745-1200
(Place added by: jcalabre)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 91 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Other BA's werent joking about that huge vertical liquor sign huh? Big sign. Anyway, the staff there was very helpful. I came in there to ask directions to stone after i got lost (because im dumb). The two clerks said they didnt know, then immediately one of them said hold on we'll find out. Then a couple mintues later, i had a printed map to stone from another employees, she even explained the map to me.
The only knock on this place is that they dont have holders for singles they sell. So if you are buying a bunch, you have to make a ouple trips to the register. Other than that, no complaints (they dont break six packs, but i've noticed that's a common theme).
Selection wasnt as big as others described, but it was no doubt good selection, though they didnt have any victory prima pils when i was there :(
They had a good logo glassware selection and the prices were ridicously cheap.
Make sure you stop here if you go to san diego.
05-06-2006 19:52:01 |
More by tonistruth
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is great. From the outside, it looks fancy. Not you ordinary liquor store. It has two floors. The main floor has full of liquor, wine and beer. The lower level has more fancy, expensive wine. This place sells 12oz bottles. That is awsome. I havent seen anywhere on the west coast that does that. They have a great selection of locals, and California beers. They have a decent selection of out of state beers also. Their import selection is great. They have a lot of German and Belgium beers. Also some UK beers. I even picked up a stout from Japan. The price is good also. Maybe that is because they have singles, but I got a Victory Prima Pils for $1.50 The staff is very knowledgable and helpfull. I dont think I have any complaints at all about this place. I plan to stop by every time I am in town.
03-12-2006 19:13:04 |
More by OStrungT
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is the bomb....big vertical LIQUOR sign...this place rocks for beer, wine, hard liquor! You will not be dissapointed in the service...they must have 10 people working there to help you...they all seem to be a specialist for each of what they sell. They even have a cellar lockers so you can store your Speedway Stout at 55 degrees for a year or two. The prices are great for being the only place in forever...especially the wine prices. So if you are going to take a weekend getaway with the misses to Julain or Ramona stop by on the way and get yourself some goodies. You'll love it!!!
01-13-2006 19:18:06 |
More by chargerfanjess
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Came here on a brief post-thanksgiving crawl. (first Stone, San Marcos Brew Co, here, then Pizza Port Carlsbad). After reading the posts on this place, IPAviator and myself had to stop.
This place is a gem once you find it. Right when we walked in a nice woman ask us if we needed assistance. We asked for anything from Alpine brewing and she directed us to the back left of the store where the beer manager helped us throughout our entire beer selection. (he carried 6 bottles of Pizza Port SPF45 and a sixer of their SPA to the counter for me). Unfortunately there was no Alpine... but there was just about everything else. I saw somethings here that i couldnt get at Hi-times in Costa Mesa. Like the Thomas Hardys or was it JW Lees, but there were four types each aged in either a calvados cask, cherry cask, etc. What an on-target selection for the serious beer conniseur. Besides the above brews, I got a Cantillon Orangic Geuze, Liefemans Oudeman, and Fantome Black Ghost. After spending $88, it was time to get to PP Carlsbad for lunch.
11-26-2005 04:42:43 |
More by SwillinBrew
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Thanks to the several reviews by others here on Beerfly, I have stopped by this little spot several times on trips to San Diego (it's right along the way). I get turned around finding this spot, so all I do is get to within a few blocks, then look for the tall sign that spells out LIQUOR (except vertically), and you will find this place too.
This is a good spot for a wide variety of beers that rotate on a regular basis, so I know that they move their products. A funky atmosphere to the system- a few of their newest (and usually best) beers on shelves/displays on the floor, but most behind cooler doors, bottle laying down individually on little slots that allow a lot of beer to be presented in a relatively small space. So for that reason, I didn't count how many kinds they had, but it was a lot. And a nice selection to boot- lots of Belgians, Germans, English, and American beer. Probably the second best selection I have seen in southern California (so far). This time I lasered in on the new Russian River Supplication and Temptation, but also found several others to enjoy.
They also have some good glassware- mostly Belgians (Trappist!) and southern California being represented the best.
I would also note that I have read several Forum posts that say that this place sells Pizza Port beers cheaper than at the brewery. Well, I've been in about 5 times now, and have never seen one. I am guessing that they carry them on occasion, but not all the time.
Recommended. Last visited 7/26/05
3/2007 Update- Holy cow. I thought this place was good before. It's selection has inproved greatly in the last year and a half. I'm now thinking this is a real destination for great beer. Not just odd, hard to find, but lots and lots of great beer. I'd put it up against Hi-Time- maybe not in terms of sheer volume of beer, but it's close. Add to the fact that it's only about a mile from Stone's new digs, and this is a can't miss destination.
Recommended before, Highly recommended now.
07-28-2005 20:06:53 |
More by Dukeofearl
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Located in a strip mall area - this place looks like a former ski lodge. The wine is the main attraction, with over half the store dedicated to that. There is also a decent liquor selection, with the beer mostly in coolers on the back wall. Nice selection of imports, macros, micros - some rather obscure stuff I hadn't seen before. This is also one of the only places other than the brewery where you can find bottled Pizza Port stuff. Staff was helpful - they were out of Old Guardian on display, but she spent time digging through the cooler to find me more. Worth a stop if you are passing through Escondido!
02-09-2005 04:39:42 |
More by rowew
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
I decided to stop by Holiday Wine Cellar on my way down to O'Brien's for the 24 July BA Gathering. Just east of the 78 Fwy in Escondido, this store was initially hard to spot until I niticed the giant "LIQUOR" sign out front of the Alpine village-inspired building.
Although wines are the bulk of this store's business, the manager does a fine job of keeping a variety of superb beers on the shelves. Not much is available outside the coolers but what is there is excellent. I saw a gift basket of four Stone IRS bombers and the IRS specialty glass, a nice display of Fantômes, and Yulesmith plus some other Belgian brews. Additionally, they have an outstanding selection of specialty glassware. In the coolers were a nice selection of local offerings, West Coast brews and some hard-to-pass by Belgian, British and German brands. St Bernardus Abt 12, Rochefort 8 and 10, and a number of more hard to come by Belgians graced the coolers. The U.S.A. was well repersented too, with West Coast offerings from Rogue (including their Imperial Pilsner), Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Alesmith, Hoptown, Marin, Moylan's and others available. Prices were pretty good and everything was well-marked so you knew how much you were gonna shell out. I left with three Yulesmith's, three Pizza Port Frank IPA's, a Saison Dupont, and a Fantôme Black Ghost.
The service was okay but nothing special. No one came to see if I needed any help as I virtually crawled into the cooler to get every bottle of Frank within reach. Still, the selection and quality easily make up for the somewhat indifferent service. Holiday Wine Cellar is a gem of a store for those people in the area or passing through Escondido on the I-15. Certainly worth a stop.
07-26-2004 17:57:53 |
More by Boilermaker88
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Quality This place was top notch. It looked like an old restaurant building or something that had been redone, which lent to its charm. Everything was in good condition and well-kept, though.
Service I had a few questions for the staff and both were very helpful. I dont know that they knew a lot about the beer (this is mostly a wine store) but they were both pleasant and eager to please. I certainly felt like a valued customer for sure.
Selection They have just a small section of the store dedicated to beer, but they pack a lot in there.
The cooler is divided (pretty equally) between macros, imports, and US micros. The imports were very impressive. I saw at least 20 beers that I have never even heard of. The micro section is what caught my attention, though. Besides all of the classics they had an impressive array of CA ales. I particularly enjoyed the wide selection of AleSmiths, Moylans, Stones, etc.
05-06-2004 02:35:48 |
More by RoyalT
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
I was driving randomly around Escondido when I spotted this store and I made a quick turn into the parking lot. The place is chock full of wine and spirits. In the back there's like 2 small stands that have a handful of special beers, namely some Belgians (no Westy) and the 3L Double Bastard, and SA Utopia, and Rogue Imperial Pilsener. Behind them are about 6-8 refrigerator shelves with the beers stored at a slant (wonder if the beers pick up a metallic taste from the caps). The selection is pretty vast. They have Stone and Rogue in good supply. The beautiful part is that they have a ton of really rare singles you won't find at Bevmo or anywhere else. They have a lot of rare classics that can be found in Michael Jackson's books, like Bert Grant, EKU, Traquair, Liefmans', etc. I picked up the new Stone vertical epic and DFH 120min. When I went there on a Saturday afternoon, the staff wasn't chatty or helpful about the beer.
I will definitely make the long drive to Escondido a few more times in the future to try some more of their nice selection.
04-12-2004 20:38:56 |
More by oggg
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Prior to a small beer tasting that was being held in Escondido this weekend, the attendants of the said select imbibing all decided to meet up here at the Holiday Wine Cellar beforehand.
Not that far from the 78 Freeway, from the outside it looks like a cross twixt an Alpine Ski Hut and a wooden Hunting Lodge. A nice tough are the automatic doors, though I felt like an idiot when I first went to open them and almost fell inside. A large 45 roof is open inside and lends the interior a very spacious and airy with plenty of natural light to display the stores ware.
Obviously, the name gives the game away, but although the primary function here is wine, the coolers at the rear of the store have a very good selection of beers that are well laid out and professionally presented. The coolers are crammed with 4 and 6 packs on the upper shelves, whilst the lower ones display bottled beers on those sliding racks that look similar to the ones that hold the pre-made burgers in fast food stores. The selection was enough to get my interest and hold if for a good half hour. There are a lot of beers that I have not seen before, and some that are not always seen. A good selection of lambics from Cantillon, Hannsens and Oude Beersel, as well as Liefmans Gluhkriek and the commercial stuff from Cherish. An intriguing selection of home grown and Cali brews, with a decent smattering of Belgium, English and German beers make up the bulk of the offerings. I picked up some McTarnahans Bourbon Aged Blackwatch Cream Porter, Benchmark Old Ale and Marin Star Brew 2450, beers that I have never seen before. From Belgium I stocked up on Urthel Hibernus Quentum Ale, De Dolle Dulle Teve and St. Bernadus 12. I managed to round out the shopping trip with a Super Baladin from Italy and a Coopers Extra Strong 2002 Vintage Ale from Oz. In addition to the cooler stuff, on the displays and shelves in front, there are is a select offering of top shelf beers including 3L Stones, Sam Adams Utopias, Bosteels Deus, etc. A short wander round the store also revealed a decent range of Glassware on sale also, not the cheapest I have seen, but there were some Glasses that I have not seen before on sale here. Service was friendly and helpful.
No sooner had I filled my Basket, then fellow imbibers EyeChartBrew and Xlperro appeared with the host of the Beer Tasting, xls friend, Robert. We all eventually stocked up on some Ales, and I have to say that it is a good job that the baskets are not that big here; I could easily have doubled my horde.
If you are in the area, this is well worth a visit. It is maybe a little expensive to be a regular beer store, but this is balanced by the high quality range and offerings that you will not find anywhere else in the area. The next time I am down this way, I will certainly not hesitate to stop by again. Worth the trek.
Last Visit: 24th Jan. 2004
01-26-2004 05:11:18 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
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