The News

"Wine Steals' low prices and wide selection lure locals who like to sip and savor"

"Oenophiles and casual admirers alike will enjoy Hillcrest's unpretentious Wine Steals. The wine bar/shop's name plays on its most important attribute: affordability. Low prices and a wide selection lure locals who like to sip and savor."

-- Sign On San Diego

"The service is attentive and personalized (they'll get to know you by name), and feel free to say you don't like something you taste, as well as to say you do. No hard feelings. Besides, the day's select wines (on those chalkboards), you can let a staff member choose a glass or a flight for you. Remember, it's all about trust."

"There's nothing wrong with going into Wine Steals, a cheerful, Tuscan-country shop, taking a seat at one of the wooden stools at the stainless-steel-and-tile bar, and admitting that you don't know squat about wine. Someone... will just ask you what you like, or what you think you like. Red or white? Earthy or sweet? Light or full-bodied? Then, they'll recommend and offer you a taste. The rest is up to you, your tastebuds, your instincts and your spirit of adventure."

-- David L. Coddon, Night and Day

"Our Happy Hour at Wine Steals was yet another night to remember with San Diego Uncorked! With over 100 members joining us at the cozy, yet hip wine bar and retail shop, great wines, cheeses and desserts were enjoyed by all. and We encourage those of you that couldn't make it to go back to Wine Steals and pick up a glass or a bottle of these great finds. The limited-supply Pinot Noir is perfect for your Thanksgiving feast."

-- San Diego Uncorked Wine Group

"A newcomer to the scene, Wine Steals is already a favorite vineyard away from vineyard for diverse folks: gay, straight, hip, geeky, salt-n-peppered, wet-behind-the-ears, black, white and everyone in between. With at least one bartender who occasionally works at a vineyard, this retreat with a wine-cellar feel is loved by locals as much for its openness to new vintages, varietals and vineyards as it is for its smart staff without conceit.

You'll dig Wine Steals if: You like diversity in your glass as much as in your people."

--Matthew Irwin, City Beat