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Holiday Wine Cellar
$$ - reasonable
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302 W Mission Ave
phone: (760) 745-1200
(Place added by: jcalabre)
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited between Stone and Lost Abbey visits on a Friday afternoon. Quite a nice selection, but I was expecting more. I was hoping for more Dogfish, Russian River, Lost Abbey exciting stuff I can't get at home. Mostly just year-round offerings, not much in terms of special releases.
Don't get me wrong - lots of stuff I've never seen or heard of, and a number of $20+ bottles I'd love to own but budget doesn't allow for. I ended up getting a fair mix of bottles I tried on a lark, things I know I love, and things I'm pretty sure I will.
Service was as nice as I expect to get anywhere, friendly, efficient, nothing over the top. No complaints.
Prices were fair - they aren't giving anything away, but not gouging either.
Overall, on par with a well-stocked BevMo or Total Wine. I would go back if I was in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip from very far away.
05-23-2010 05:08:32 |
More by marct
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I lived in Escondido for WAY to long before finding this place. Located in what seems to be an old family restaurant just adds to this place's charm. Upstairs, half of the store is dedicated to beer and the other to wine. This was the store that really assisted me in becoming obsessed with beer, having purchased many of my first premium bottles from here.
If you have a deep pocketbook and also enjoy the wine variety, take a venture down the spiral stairs to the stores cellar. Bottles easily go into the few hundred dollar range. Basically, I walked and witnessed, my wallet is a little light for those beverages.
Go check them out, support your local business, the beer selection won't leave you disappointed!
06-28-2011 01:18:42 |
More by tjkinate
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Late May 2006-
One of the top 5 stores I wanted to hit while in the San Diego area. I've ordered via mail order with them before and have had only good things to say.
A fairly good selection, but not as much as I was expecting. A mishmash of a bunch of different countries, plus a nice selection of locals. Most beers are kept cool and the others are properly stored. They also have one of the better glassware selections I have seen recently. The prices seem to be a tad high, and the service was acceptable.
06-01-2006 04:43:38 |
More by GClarkage
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...
1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop
My stop at Holiday Wine Cellar came on a Sunday morning after a night at Stone and before a day at Lost Abbey.
Pulling into the parking lot I had to admine the Brady-esque architecture of the building. You can make it out to some extent in the BA photo.
They had as many beers as the best places I visited, but they didn't have the key beers I was looking for other than Blind Pig. Very nice import and Belgian selection.
I spent quite a bit of time in front of the coolers looking at beer and the older Asain guy who was stocking the shelves and keeping busy did not bother to ask if I needed any help. The woman cashier looked up Pliny for me and they didn't have it.
10-16-2010 22:39:46 |
More by Yetiman420
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice big liquor store in Esconidido, there is a whole bunch of Wine, Beer, and Spirits here.
The beer section has about 6 coolers and a few racks of room temperature beer. They make good use of the coolers, it seemed that all the hoppy beers and beers I would want to be in the coolers were there, and all the ones where it didn't matter as much were out on the shelves.
The selection was superb for bombers and other single bottles. I don't know if beer geeks buy 6 packs anymore but this place didn't really have too many, if you just wanted to grab a 6'er real quick for the weekend you may be better of going to the Bevmo down the street. They have all of the more hard to get stuff at this place.
Service was decent, he went and looked for a beer for me that had just been released, but they were all out already.
Good store that I will be stopping at in Esconidido from now on.
02-15-2011 16:47:40 |
More by tjensen3618
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: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Selection scores well for quality, not so much on quality - not a ton of space is allocated for beer in here, but what they have includes some fantastic stuff. I grabbed some Green Flash and the last 3 bottles of Stone IRS I saw - I'm a greedy bastard, what of it?! Saw some of the Port-aged J W Lees, which is fortunately the only cask aged variety I liked (a lot). Drooled over the 3L Double Bastard on the floor before deciding it was too much trouble to get home. No AleSmith Summer YuleSmith available on my visit, but some Port Brewing to drown my sorrows in.
Didn't receive any help, but the checkout was efficient and swift.
Good store - would be a regular stop if I lived in SoCal.
08-01-2007 00:45:53 |
More by udubdawg
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
i have made a few pit stops in at the holiday wine cellar over the past few months. right around the corner from stone. decent selection nothing that is epic or uber rare but they had angels share on the shelf (not really surprising as the latest batch had some problems.) huge belgian section. lay down fridge. very friendly staff. prices were moderate. i was very excited to see that they have started carrying mission brews. if you are planning a day at the wild animal park and want to grab a few parking lot brews this is your stop.
04-28-2009 20:36:54 |
More by Mauerhan
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in 4/13/07 prior to touring Stone.
Quality seemed fine. Bulk of beer is refrigerated in a very large walk in cooler. Small section in front of coolers which had some misc. Belgians, Alesmith and Rogue. Little, if any, dust, and seasonals seemed appropriate.
Folks were helpful, and answered the couple of questions I put to them. Unfortunately, the answers were "No, we are out of that"...
Alesmith, Ballast Point, Avery, good selection of Belgians, plenty more. Selection was good, but I was expecting more. I picked up a bottle of Damnation from Russian River, Lagunitas 13, and a Saison Imperiale, all of which I have seen elsewhere, just hadn't gotten around to yet. No had to have surprises:(
Pricing seemed reasonable. My three bombers were just over $20. No complaints.
Overall, if you are in the area, it is well worth a stop. However, it isn't quite the destination I had hoped it would be.
04-17-2007 16:57:11 |
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
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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