Hi-Time Wine Cellars

+1 949-650-8463 250 Ogle Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a family-owned retail store located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded by Fritz Hanson and his brother-in-law Jim McVay, Hi-Time opened its cellar doors in 1957 at its original location on 17th and Irvine in Costa Mesa, California. Shortly after opening the store, Fritz’s younger brother Chuck Hanson joined the Hi-Time team. Chuck became interested in wine right away and became the store’s primary wine buyer. Most of the business at that time consisted of distilled spirits and jug wines. Chuck remembers that the first wines to make a big impression on him were those of Charles Krug and Louis Martini. Harold Hanson, who was in the military overseas at the time, joined Hi-Time after completing his tour of duty. While in the service in Europe, Harold took pictures of wine caves in Burgundy. Bringing the photos back to his brothers, it was decided that they would build a wine cave within the store. Harold became the General Manger for the store, a position he held for over Read more »

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  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

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  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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  • I have recently seen some general headlines in the "health news" sections of various news sources.  Evidently, the WHO has declared alcohol unsafe in ANY quantity, and wants to discourage its use to ease the burden of public health cost/resources.  Like most medical studies, I approached this one with skepticism.  I subscribe to a medical journa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Prohibition on its way?


  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 680446JonDerry 680446 JonDerry


  • Hello all! This forum and website has been very helpful to me since I found it last year, I'm glad to finally join. I will be taking my first trip to Napa in June for my birthday with a couple of friends! I will be looking for unique and/or big, oaky red and white wines on a budget.We will be staying at the Old World Inn, and tentatively have vi... Read More

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  • Hello,My name is Kim and I just happened across this site tonight and was quite impressed with it.  To be as brief as possible, I love wine and would love to learn as much as possible about it, particularly so that I can better contribute to my Facebook page I just started called "For The Love Of Wine."  I impulsively decided to start it last ni... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Eager to learn all about wine


  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner by 680446JonDerry 680446 JonDerry


  • Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a total newbie:) I love South African wine. I love a lot of wines:) But SA is my fav. Read More

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  • There are sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Case in point I was rooting around in the cellar the other week looking for what might be up next for tasting when I came across some Sauvignon Blanc. After organizing everything I had segregated the Napa and Sonoma examples from the rest of the lot, which I quickly noted were ‘value priced’ and... Read More

    From the article Premium Sauvignon Blanc


  • So we have some interest in having a West Coast meet-up (or you can call it a throw-down) for Pinot.  Here's my opening proposal:  We'll do it very close to the Oakland Airport, to save those who are traveling in from out of town (like Emark and JonDerry) from having extra travel if they want to fly.  This would give LuchaVino a chance to attend... Read More

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  • This is my home store. Have never had a bad bottle purchased from here, and that's got to be at around a hundred or so by now. Very good selection of all world wines, great bar, and a gigantic walk-through cellar that's a must see. They also sell spirits, beer, and all kinds of accessories.

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  • This is a great wine store with one of the biggest commercial wine-cellars in the country! Extremely knowledgeable and peronable staff, its one of the only places I go to buy wine. Also, when you buy here, you're supporting the local economy rather than a large corporate entity.

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