Wine merchants in court after Brentwood warehouse emptied

Co-founder alleges partner drilled locks, shipped inventory to California

When wine industry professionals Danielle Price and Brad Morley teamed up to create Barrique International, a high-dollar wine exchange in Brentwood, it seemed like a recipe for success. Price was the former executive director for wine at Wyndham Resorts and Morley's bio claims he built a multi-million dollar wine company.

But things went sour, especially after Price and her husband allegedly swiped more than $800,000 in wine from Barrique International's Brentwood warehouse in the middle of a September night. That led Morley to file a lawsuit against Price shortly after.

“While Morley was out of town, and without his knowledge and/or authorization, Danielle Price and Mark Price arrived at Barrique... drilled the locks to the locked warehouse, and with the assistance of a moving crew completely removed the contents of said warehouse,” the lawsuit alleges. “All of said items were placed on a shipping truck and sent to California.”

The suit claims that Morley also has been locked out of all company business, despite owning a 50 percent stake in the business. Morley is asking the court for a temporary injunction ordering the Prices to return all the inventory. Several clients who had their wine stored at the warehouse are demanding their property, Morley wrote in an affidavit.

The lawsuit was originally filed in Williamson County Chancery Court but was transferred to the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee last week.

According to the Barrique website, which no longer features Morley's name, the company “has quickly grown into one of the world’s foremost wine merchants servicing a clientele of private customers, restaurants, retailers and distributors that spans the globe.”

Calls to both sides' attorneys had not been returned as of Tuesday afternoon.