About Us

 

Uncorked by the Sea opened its doors in the spring of 2011.  Joaquin and Amanda Carbonell opened the store with their love of art and passion for wine.

The current owners, Jim and Gina Poppe and Rhonda Till met at Uncorked by the Sea.  The Poppe’s moved to Southport in the fall of 2012.  They first visited Uncorked while house hunting.  Rhonda and husband Randy first visited the store in July of 2012 after closing on their Oak Island home.  The Poppe’s and Till’s became fast friends after being introduced by Joaquin and Amanda at a Thursday night wine tasting.

At the close of 2014, the Carbonell’s decided they would like to focus on family, friends, health and a long list of things they had always wanted to do.  So in January, 2015 a new beginning was announced for Uncorked by the Sea.  Jim, Gina and Rhonda forged a partnership and became the new team at Uncorked.  None of us wanted the store to close.  There are too many friendships yet to be made at this special place.

Jim and Gina are both from California but have lived on the east coast for 18 years.  Jim was a Vice President for Trader Joe’s Markets for 23 years before he and Gina chose Southport as their retirement home.  Gina is a talented glass artist.  We carry some of her beautiful fused glass creations at Uncorked.

Rhonda is a North Carolina native.  She and husband Randy always knew they wanted to be close to the seashore.  In July 2012 they moved into their Oak Island home and made a dream come true.  They also wanted to be close to their grandchildren!  Rhonda is the talent behind our newsletter.

We all love making friends at Uncorked by the Sea and supporting our lovely community.