A few weeks ago, St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fans were devastated at the news that Albert Pujols had accepted an offer of 254 million dollars for ten years from the Los Angeles Angels. The three-time National League MVP was the heart and soul of the Cardinal team and they won’t be the same without him.

Canal’s Bottle Stop in Marlton has just suffered a similar loss.

Yesterday, I learned that Charlie Beatty, the 18 year veteran wine guru of Canal’s Bottle Stop in Marlton, NJ is no longer Wine Manager at the store. The news was shocking and to make matters worse, no one at the store would say where he went. If each of the employees of the Bottle Stop were soldiers being held prisoner by the enemy, there would be little chance that any of them would break and reveal secrets even under the most extreme torture. Despite zero help from Canal’s staff, I had a hunch. I went back to my car, headed east on Route 70, just a few hundred yards, and pulled into the shopping center that serves as location for Wine Works. Charlie was not there at the time but this IS his new home. Max & Filippo, owners of Wine Works (former owners of Hops n Grapes in Glassboro, NJ) have pulled off a major coup in adding Charlie Beatty to their employee line-up.

Charlie Beatty WAS Canal’s Bottle Stop. He was to that store what Pujols was to the Cardinals, Brady to the Patriots, Labron to the Heat. When I named that outlet my #1 wine store in South Jersey two years ago, I gave Charlie Beatty as not just the number #1 reason but also the 2nd and 3rd reason. His personality, knowledge, expertise and customer service skills are top-notch and have endeared him to his multitude of loyal customers. His ability to stock the shelves with hard to find wines that the true oenophiles appreciate is unmatched in the area.

Wine Works, pre-Charlie, was an excellent wine store. For me, the only problem was that it was located just a stones throw from Canal’s Bottle Stop. That problem no longer exists. Wine Works will now be my go-to destination for adult beverages.

Max and Filippo are to be credited for having the foresight to make Charlie an integral part of their team. He has a dedicated following that will find him quickly and help him build sales at Wine Works. I really think it won’t be long before I have to re-do my Top Five Wine Stores in New Jersey. Any guesses as to the new Numero Uno???

Best of luck to Charlie and Wine Works. If you would like to leave a message for Charlie click on the “comments”  link below.


  1. i have known charlie since he first went to canal’s. he knew almost nothing about wine. he took it upon himself, with the help of knowledgeable wholsesale reps, to educate himself, not only about wine, but about the specific wiines. he has tasted almost evey wine in the store and is familiar with the styles of many wineries. single-handedly he made the bottlestop into the finest of wine stores. there is no one south of princeton that posseses his knowledge and experience. i know this as a former wholesale rep who sold very high quality wines, for 12 yrs, from tiny producers, unknown in the market. he is the best. no one else is even close. it has been a pleasure watching his growth over the years, from novice to expert.

    bravo charlie!

  2. Congratulations, Charlie…that wine you chose for me was, as usual, an excellent choice and an excellent value.

  3. John steimos Says:

    Traitor go eat some more mcdonalds and beg for forgiveness

  4. Way to go deserve it you have never steered me wrong…Whenever I want to try a new wine I go in talk to Charlie he picks the best wine in the afforable price ranges! I will follow you to the wine works 🙂

  5. Nora Stitz Says:

    Charlie will never last there. No one can work with the guys at Wine Works. Same thing at Hops. Managers never last with them.

  6. Nora Stitz Says:

    Vladi from Hops went to Wine Works and things didn’t work out there either. Doesn’t look good for Chuck.

    • Nora

      Thanks for taking the time to express your views.
      I have to disagrre with your premise because I think
      Charlie will do just fine at Wine Works. His first 2 months have been
      incredibly fruitful and satisfying.



  7. Mr. Beatty will appreciate the 2 fine rare wines for sale on Craigslist. 1985 Barolo and Barbaresco bottles in pristine condition.

  8. Thank you so much for this post!
    We live in Bucks County and make 3 or 4 trips a year to Charlie. He is by far the most knowledgeable and unpretentious wine expert around. We thought that we had lost him as a the response we received when we called Canal’s was that they did not know where he went.
    Thanks again!

  9. I have known Charlie from the beginning. He brought in some very difficult wines from Lebenon and continues to do so atthe new venue. He is a rare talent and rock star of wine. Charlie did what was right for Charlie!

    We are blessed to have such a great talent locally.


  10. I had the incredible opportunity to travel with Charlie to Argentina & Chile for a 15 day wine tour…truly a once in a lifetime event!

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