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Holiday Wine Cellar
World Class based on 114 ratings
Type: Beer Store

302 W Mission Ave
Escondido, California United States 92025 [ print map ]
760 745 1200 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon - Wed 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; SUN 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mayor: Stuedmaster (28) | Affiliated user(s) here MarkHWC | Bottles: 1100

Holiday Wine Cellar

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Beer Available At Holiday Wine Cellar (arranged by most recent)
Oceanside Ale Works Up A Kriek 95, Ommegang Spiced Saison 95, The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel 94, Telegraph Buellton Silent Partner 89, Stone Holiday Wine Cellar 50th Anniversary Imperial Irish Stout 91, Buxton / Evil Twin Anglo Mania 96, Rough Draft Wheat Wine - Pinot Noir Barrel Aged 93, Bells Planet Series: Neptune - The Mystic 98, Liquamentum Hellís Half Acre 96, FantŰme Coffee Ruby 88, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tell-Tale Tart 75, Mammoth Blondibock Bock Beer 92, Flat Tail Little Green Dry Hop Saison 82, Oceanside Ale Works American Strong Ale 99, Iron Fist Hired Hand 80, Anchorage Anadromous Belgian Black Bier 97, Midnight Sun 2009 Crew Brews: Brewtality 98, Brew Rebellion Chris Martin Símore Porter with Habanero , Double Mountain Sacre Bleu! 80, Cismontane Single Malt: Vienna
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114 reviews for Holiday Wine Cellar
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  82%
 Selection  86%
 Food  37%
 Value  78%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2124) Washington, Washington DC | January 22, 2011
Smallish place with a big selection, including a nice range of Belgian stuff. A few rarities. Definitely worth a look.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 19, 2013
I used to visit this place after every trip to Stone. Pretty good selection over all and they occasionally get some brewery only release type stuff though often times you have to know someone there to get access to it. They also have some vintage stuff hidden, but again you have to know someone. Check the website and youíll see a fairly complete listing of what they have.

Service is pretty hands off but if you ask a question they are happy to answer. The walk in beer fridge is the best part of the store but they also have a downstairs section for the wine. Prices are high but thatís to be expected. Probably past due for another visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | March 27, 2011
Great selection of American craft in the coolers, as well as some Belgians in there as well. Russian River, Stone, Moylans, Santa Cruz, Lost Abbey, Lagunitas, AleSmith, HotD, name it. Pretty extensive selection of Belgians out on shelves right behind the coolers as well, along with American Craft Belgian-style beers. The prices are what I would have expected to pay anywhere, and they also had a pretty good selection of glassware. The staff were very helpful and nice people.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (846) San Diego, California | May 1, 2015| Updated August 9, 2015
This gem is tucked neatly in Escondido just off Highway 78 with easy access. Unassuming at first, this dark store boasts a large high quality beer, wine, and spirits selection, each one seemingly individually picked for placement on the shelf or in the cooler. I was able to find several things here that I have yet to find in SD. This store is legit and the staff are ever ready to assist.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (798) London, England | December 13, 2013
Absolutely world class. They have an incredible range of California beers, plus lots of national brand and a very impressive selection of European stuff. The prices are very good. The guy at the check out seemed a little smug but I donít really care about that at a bottle shop, they donít offer a volume/ case discount on beers, in case you were wondering. A must-visit if you are anywhere in the vicinity (and I would go out of my way to visit).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (667) Oceanside, California | March 20, 2014
> Smaller interior packed with tough to find wine, beer, and liquor; secret bottom floor

>> Knowledgable staff, weekly tastings, a wine tasting machine downstairs, online store, mostly refrigerated beer tells me that this store is run the right way. Found tons of cool stuff: Cisco Pechish Woods, Monomoy Kriek, Logsdon, Hopfenstark, Modern Times, usual suspects, expensive Evil Twin, Mikkeller, other Norwegian and Danish imports. Liquor wise found Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 for $330, so thereís that. Prices not so bad. Reminds me a lot of an upgraded La Bodega, the best beer store in Riverside CA. Will be coming back often as this is the best bottle shop that I know of in my area besides Texas Liquor in Carlsbad.
theisti  (667) Kansas | July 6, 2009| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited during my family vacation to San Diego - hit this up between the Wild Animal Park and a visit to Stone. The store is a 70ís chalet style storefront on a busy corner in Escondido. The beer is given its own corner, and the selection is just breath taking. So Cal local micros are covered, and an extensive import list - particularly German. They really had everything I could imagine, plus a bunch of really rare stuff that I had never seen on shelves before. The staff was super helpful, and pulled some additional beers out for me they knew I would like. Certainly in the top tier of bottle shops I have visited.

94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
I was quite surprised with how small the beer section actually is in this store, but one needs to understand that what is in the fridge complements what is in the small corner aisles. Still, it was half a kilometer away from our hotel and while I certainly did not encounter westys, I found the type of stuff I was looking for: Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Brother Levonian, Carnevale etc. For So.Cal. offerings, I guess this covers its territory pretty well, including rarer breweries like Lightning or Coronado. The service was also totally fine, asking us twice if we needed anything, found what we were looking for, you canít ask for much more than that.
bhensonb  (538) Woodland, California | May 4, 2010
Web order. Pretty fast response. Web site was a bit out of date, but I got a bunch of beers Iíve never had. And they called to give me an update. Donít hesitate to use these folks.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 19, 2004| Updated August 4, 2010
Excellent selection, mostly all in the fridges, which is a good thing for this part of America. California seems to be very regional in its micro distribution though so donít expect to find all the breweries youíd want to discover. A very good bottle shop at the state level Iím sure.

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