A woman is suing a New York wine storage facility after it dumped her decades-old wine collection, the New York Post reports. The lawsuit, filed by Elisa Kwon de Álvarez against Chelsea Wine & Storage, Inc. stems from a credit card mishap.
Kwon de Álvarez began storing wine at the facility when it opened in 1997. She signed a contract with the company in 2004, and charged monthly on her credit card going forward. In 2010, she moved to Spain and informed the company of her new address and credit card number. She continued to receive notifications that her account was up-to-date, according to court documents.
In 2016, however, Chelsea Wine Storage (self-described as “the best wine storage facility in the Tri-State Area”) began charging an incorrect credit card. In 2018, the company disposed of the collection, claiming Kwon de Álvarez had accrued a debt exceeding $5,000.
Kwon de Álvarez claims she had previously received documentation indicating there were no outstanding charges on her account.
According to the Drinks Business, she is seeking compensatory and statutory damages, payment of her attorney’s fees, and litigation costs.
How much wine, and what kind, was not disclosed. However, considering her family ties, it was probably pretty good stuff – Kwon de Álvarez is married to Pablo Álvarez, whose family owns Vega Sicilia, an acclaimed Spanish winery in Ribera del Duero.