OK let’s just get this out of the way- to somebody based in California anywhere north of Carlsbad, Escondido might feel like a world away. Tucked out east of Oceanside and a little too far from downtown San Diego, this town might go unrecognized by more mainstream wine consumers. However, Holiday Wine Cellar, an Escondido landmark since 1965, is a wine-lover’s destination!
This place is stocked with one the greatest assortments of wine, beer and liquor I have seen- and it’s complete with a curled rod-iron staircase leading down into a cellar which holds a tasting room and an automatic wine tasting machine. Speaking of which…
I found this amazing Zilliken Spatlese Reisling from 1992 on tap! The bottle cost is a steal at $35.99. Jim Kern, the wine director, graciously offered me a taste of the wine. The nose was classic German: petrol, mud and wet rocks. In the mouth it was round and glycerine with the most beautiful pop of acidity and a languid honeydew melon on the mid-palate. Even with almost 10 years in the bottle, this wine will surely continue to develop for many years. Simply breathtaking. Buy this now!You won’t be sorry.
Holiday Wine Cellar is a local institution and a wine-lover’s paradise. Complete with retro 1960’s architecture and stocked with interesting, affordable finds, this place is worth the effort to see for yourself.