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Holiday Wine Cellar

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Holiday Wine CellarHoliday Wine Cellar
BA SCORE
98
world-class

112 Ratings
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
[ Store ]

302 W Mission Ave
Escondido, California, 92025-1712
United States
phone: (760) 745-1200

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hwc1965

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(Place added by: jcalabre)
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Reviews by jletts:
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

After a terrible mix up, in which I found myself surrounded by a cooler of Budweiser and Heineken thinking to myself….”this just can’t be right,” I found the Holiday Wine Cellar…just down the road from the imposter bottle shop. But I won’t get into that now. After I actually opened my eyes it was hard to miss the 40-foot tall neon sign! The Holiday had an excellent selection of California brews and some good Belgians and GB Brews along with several from Oregon. Lots of Rogue brewing I’ve noticed down in So Cal but not much from Washington. I saw plenty from Stone, Port, Green Flash, and several from Avery. Lots of Avery down here…but still nothing from WA. You got something against us? J The staff was helpful and even suggested ways to package beer to ship home. Well worth the visit.

jletts, Apr 12, 2007
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

tally, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

aoampm, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Rothobinide, Sep 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

If you're looking to pick up some bottles of stuff that's hard to find, this is the place to go. Helpful staff, ridiculous collection, prices are fair (not as cheap as some, but those others don't have the breadth).

suburbanfarmer, Sep 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Nmprodan, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

BreweryRun, Jul 22, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

I graduated HS and grew up in Escondido, and whenever I come back to visit my family I always make a couple of stops here during my vacation. If you do not feel like stopping by one of the many breweries in the North County, you could always stop by Holiday Wine Cellar to find and pick up some unique beer offerings. For me, this is the best bottle shop in the North County of San Diego. Wen I stopped in last week during my last trip, I was able to buy Lost Abbey Track 8, Older Viscosity, Peche Mortel, Hopparillo, Swami's, and Belching Beaver Old Dirty Barrel. They even had Mogli, which I can never find in Northwest Washington. This place has a great selection of craft beer, plus it also sells wine, liquor, and cigars. The employees were helpful and mostly nice, one guy seemed like he was having a bad day, but he was still helpful. The only change I would recommend is, brighten the place up a little. Well...it is supposed to be a cellar...

mabermud, Jul 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Bwagner1122, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

EJosesA, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Bonsall_Phil, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

What a fantastic store. I came out with almost 2 cases of a variety of delicious brews and the customer service was excellent. I received help and recommendations from two associates. Sadly I had to leave some items behind but it was a gem of a beer/wine/spirits store. Don't forget to check out their walk in cooler behind the beer coolers. They also have a rewards program where you can get some discounts later.

DCLAguy11, Apr 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

jgap, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

bennetj17, Mar 21, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -4%

First stop a few days ago was to check out this bottle shop close by to Stone. Medium sized beer area in the back left of the store, wine on the right, liquor filling in the front and middle and even a large cigar area on the far right of the store. I didn't even notice the back beer cooler or wine cellar until I wandered back there right before leaving. Atmosphere was pretty good, typical bottle shop feel really. Quality was pretty high all around. Nice furnishings and displays to go along with the beer glasses and beers. Service was pretty good, I was asked if I needed any help once but I was just browsing. Selection was solid all around. A few rarities sprinkled with with plenty of the typical local west coast offerings. Even more can be found in the cooler in the back so make sure you look back there as well. Prices were on par with the others in the area. Overall a really nice bottle shop, I would probably stop in again if I was going to Stone.

orangesol, Feb 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

PlinyBeMiney, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ACY73, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

EB1, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

dwagner003, Oct 10, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a good bottle shop in North County, San Diego. In fact, it is not too far from Stone Brewery. They have a good, solid selection of beers. Their selection is set up by style and country, with some beers stored in the cooler in the middle of the shop. The staff is super helpful and will answer any questions you may have. They also have a good online presence, so feel free to check them out there (although some of the stuff doesn't seem too up to date).

And while all of this is fine and dandy, one of the best (if not perplexing) thing about Holiday Wine Cellar is that they often have Groupons available for $20 for $40 or $40 for $80-- which is simply awesome and rather amazing. I tend to use the Groupons to stock up on seasonal IPAs or what not; however, it is great to use them for more expensive sours or other beers that you would normally pass on because of the price. In addition to the beer, they have a huge selection of booze and a ton of wines-- if you into that sort of thing.

Overall-- I urge you to check out Holiday Wine Cellar-- and check out Groupon before you head over.

HoppingAlong, Aug 09, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +5.1%

Wow what a store, I was perusing the cooler and someone came over and said, let me show you the cooler, I was confused until he lead me INTO the cooler where I got the whole view of everything they have, which is everything you could possibly want from the area. Pliny was just chillin' on the floor in a box which made me laugh. Everything is well cataloged and organized by country/location and there is plenty of everything. BA Eclipses, various sour beers, if it's in CA, they probably have it.

claspada, Jun 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

This place is a gem. Their beer selection consists of all of the latest releases and then some. As soon as I walked in someone asked if I was looking for something in particular. I was just curious to see their vast selection of local beers as well as a huge variety of international brews. After about 5 mins, I was approached by Rick who told me that their walk in cooler had a lot more beers, he wasn't joking. After I spent another 15 minutes freezing my nuts off in the walk in (bring a parka if you want to browse), Rick came in and made some suggestions and mentioned that they did beer tastings every Saturday in the downstairs cellar. Downstairs cellar?? As I made my way down the spiral staircase, I found two more rooms. One contained a more valuable selection of fine wines and champaign the other was a quaint little tasting room where they were pouring a number of the Shmaltz He'brew beers. After about 45 mins of chitchatting with some out-of-towners talking about various Barleywines, the gentlemen who was pouring mentioned that they had a few bottles of 'Mother of all Storms' left (I snagged 2). All in all I was thoroughly impressed with their selection, knowledge, and layout.

After returning a number of times, becoming more and more friendly with the staff, I was informed that they rent out storage lockers for beer and wine enthusiasts. I toured the locker cellar with Rick which was unreal. Every time I go to the Holiday Wine Cellar I find more and more impressive aspects that separate them from their competition.

If you need a special beer for a gift or for a tasting, just go in, let them know, and they'll take care of you!

Grant35, May 09, 2013
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Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
98 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.