Carolina Wine Company, one of the largest wine retailers in the Southeast, has been closed for nearly a week now, purportedly to address problems with its phone and ordering system. There seems to be far more to the story, however, as wine wholesalers have gone unpaid, employees have left the company, and customers can’t contact anyone associated with the store. I went by CWC early this evening and took the crappy photo of the sign on the door. The phones are indeed down, as is the CWC website. There is almost no wine in the front room. As I was headed back to my car, a salesman from Turner Wines was hanging around and told me that he was trying to get his product out of the place. According to a local wine merchant who has spoken to CWC employees, some wholesalers had been requiring CWC to pay in cash over the past several months. Rumors have been running rampant on the Robert Parker bulletin board. Their Charlotte store has been closed for some time now.
I don’t like to report on rumors, but the fact of the matter is that CWC is currently closed, and several people with whom I’ve spoken have not been able to contact anyone associated with the store. I have also tried to call CWC owner, Chrish Peel, but he has not answered nor nor returned the calls. Peel is also a co-owner of Enoteca Vin, which remains open for business is now closed, too.
I invite anyone associated with CWC to let us know what is going on and when the store might be expected to reopen.