We Husband orders a lot of wine from Carolina Wine Company in Raleigh.
I mean, cases of the stuff, much of it futures, which means CWC cuts a deal with the maker of the wine, which is not ready yet, we purchase it, and when it comes in, we haul ourselves down there and pick it up.
All of this worked out okay – until now.
It appears Carolina Wine has gone awol.
First, there were like 5 email messages a day advertising wine – we used to get 1 or 2 a day.
Then there was an email that their phone system, web site, & point of sales system have gone out, they are working on fixing it, and will be back in a week.
It has been more than a week and now there are rumblings that they have gone missing.
The owner, Chrish Peel, is unreachable, the website is down, the store shut, and the restaurant he co-owns, Enoteca Vin, has suddenly closed. A friend of mine has tried to reach his home phone, there is no answer there either.
And we, like many others, have paid orders pending, which I doubt we will ever get. Not the wine, not the money back. And this is not chump change, this is lots of money.
[There are lots of others not happy with this – it is all the talk on Robert Parker’s site.]