River City Winery: “We are exploring the relocation of our entire operation to another part of Southern Indiana.”

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Problems at River City Winery began in earnest around September of 2018. On the surface these had to do with licensing to produce wine, but it soon became evident that other, deeper issues were at play.

Yesterday this appeared at Facebook.

RCW will continue putting out award winning Indiana wines as soon as possible but we are exploring the relocation of our entire operation to another part of Southern Indiana. We shouldn’t be more than a short drive away. Stay tuned!

I mention all this only because in 14 years of NA Confidential, there has not ever been a topic generating as many queries as this one. Dozens of people have texted, e-mailed and message me wanting to know whether RCW was open or closed, what had happened, and what the outcome might be.

There surely is a story, but I don’t have it.

At least I don’t have enough proof for a story. For six months it’s been like being seated in a theater, facing a curtain. Behind the curtain can be heard the sounds of a knock-down, drag-out fight. However, it isn’t clear who is fighting or why. You can piece together some bits from the din, yet in the end it’s a complete mystery. The ultimate fate of River City Winery lies just beyond our view; we can sniff shell casings on social media, but remain unable to arrive at a conclusion.

Someday I’d love to be able to tell this story. Until then, the best I can do is express the hope that everyone involved on all “sides” eventually emerges from the maelstrom feeling a measure of peace.

The fog of war, indeed.

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