Holiday Wine Cellar

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99
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96 Reviews
Holiday Wine CellarHoliday Wine Cellar
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

302 W Mission Ave
Escondido, California, 92025-1712
United States

(760) 745-1200 | map
www.holidaywinecellar.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
120
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

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4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

First of all Vanessa is AWESOME. As I sometimes do I called ahead to find out about Pliney and other RR stuff and was able to do a phone order for pickup. Was looking for Temptation but they did not have when I called. I ordered a bunch of goodies and was pleasantly surprised to get a call a week later from Vanessa telling me they had a bottle of Temptation for me if I wanted it! Hell yeah! This place is not for from Stone and is a must visit if in the area. great selection of everything you would want if coming in from out of town.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of suburbanfarmer
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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).

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of DCLAguy11
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.
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