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Holiday Wine Cellar
World Class based on 111 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 (33) | Affiliated user(s) here MarkHWC | Bottles: 1100

Holiday Wine Cellar

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Beer Available At Holiday Wine Cellar (arranged by most recent)
Double Mountain Sacre Bleu! 80, Cismontane Single Malt: Vienna , Eagle Rock Longevity , Cismontane Smokiní Santiago Scotch Ale 61, Cismontane Single Malt: Heidelberg , Boulevard Smokestack Series - Reverb Imperial Pilsner 95, Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter 90, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Two Jokers Double-Wit 96, Smuttynose Homunculus 89, Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock 99, Uinta Crooked Line Sea Legs Baltic Porter 99, Eagle Rock Revolution XPA 79, Eagle Rock Unionist 50, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock 99, Logsdon Seizoen 98, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock 100, Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale 97, HeíBrew / Cathedral Square St. Lennyís 90, Victory Old Horizontal 100, Uinta Crooked Line Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner 59
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111 reviews for Holiday Wine Cellar
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  82%
 Selection  86%
 Food  37%
 Value  77%
 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  (1777) 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  (1473) 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  (1012) Orange County, 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 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (679) 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 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (637) San Diego County , 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  (607) Leawood, 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 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.
bhensonb  (502) 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 5/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34  (457) Chicago, Illinois | July 3, 2014
Really shocked by these ratings as I was so let down. This is a skip. The ambiance is great, one of the nicer looking shops Iíve seen, huge coolers and a nice downstairs tasting room. There is a big cooler in the back, but its to cold you canít spend more then a couple minutes in there when you want to spend lots of time browsing. The coolers have prices and deals prominently placed, but the organization is off. Its really hard to search for beers, its not done by style or state or country, so you are just kind of left wandering around. No doubt there are a shit ton of beers here. However, thereís nothing remotely rare. Its all stuff I can find anywhere. Even when you see a brand like Midnight Sun, its all their common bottles. No Russian River, lacking in stouts. Really not getting it? I was there 15 minutes, never once asked if I needed help. Maybe I could have been directed to something interesting, but I walked away empty handed.

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