I’ve used Wine Direct from time to time over the years. They are strong on US and Oz wines
In 2018 they seemed to implode, ignoring orders, becoming uncontactable and at best sending incomplete and incorrect orders. Soon after, there was some sort of management Buy-out, renamed Wine Direct Sussex and of late have been quite speedy and reliable.
However, this year they seem to have reverted to the old problems. A mixed - 6 order I placed in March was delayed, incomplete and incorrect and remains the case despite several calls, but, worse, my last order for a same-6 case placed on the 4th April remains in limbo.
They are not replying to emails and not picking up the phone despite several attempts over the past 2 weeks.
Anyone have any insight / information as to what’s going on ?
Update - managed to get a phone pick-up from a harassed office staff member today. They acknowledge the impasse on many of their lines; citing the fact that they “use agents” rather than buy direct. Apparently a lot of their stock is held up at Customs and Excise at the major UK ports and face a long backlog.
however, my observations would be :- can’t blame Brexit for orders from outside Europe, which they seem to be implying. Plus this problem has only arisen this year. Plus, surely TWS, even though it buys direct rather than through agents, don’t seem to be suffering from similar supply problems, unless of course it, quite sensibly, only offers wine for sale once it’s safely in the warehouse.
In short, buying from Wine Direct is on the promise of an agent to deliver the wines rather than from wine they actually stock so it’s absolutely a case of caveat emptor.
They agreed to refund my purchase and I told them I was unlikely to use them again for the foreseeable. Seems to me their business model is pretty leaky.
I had a similar issue with wine ordered for a tasting that they didn’t have in stock although they were on their website.
I called and they couldn’t have been more helpful and the customer service was outstanding. They refunded my whole order and then sent me free of charge the 3 bottles of my order they did have. I am more than happy.
I will use them again but will call to check stock.