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by Matt Neel
January 30th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

J a y H a c k wrote:alternate dimension when the evil James Kirk read the FCBA.
by Matt Neel
January 30th, 2016, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

. . . That said, without doing a whole lot of research, there are protections for consumers created by law. To wit, The Fair Credit Billing Act (1974) governs this exact scenario. . . After writing my post above, I took a quick look up one post and saw this. Sorry, but you can't learn how to practi...
by Matt Neel
January 29th, 2016, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

Don't mean to pick on you at all, Matt. But this just is not accurate info. I don't believe that Matt's summary of his credit card company's obligation to him is based in law, but rather, what he reasonably believes should be the case. Not feeling picked on, Sherri, and you're part right in that it...
by Matt Neel
January 29th, 2016, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where do YOU cut the foil?
Replies: 89
Views: 3274

Where do you cut the foil?

If you are decanting an old wine for sediment with a candle under the shoulder, it can be useful to remove the whole capsule so that if the sediment leaves the shoulder and goes into the neck you can stop pouring. This is a good point, one I had forgotten. I've often removed the capsule for just th...
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

1/28 UPDATE - COURT ORDERS JOHN FOX TO TURN OVER COMPUTERS RELATED TO PC The court has granted the trustee’s motion to order John Fox to relinquish his computer. The order reads in part: Based on the trustee’s ex parte motion for turnover order, and good cause appearing therefor, and notice being a...
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where do YOU cut the foil?
Replies: 89
Views: 3274

Where do you cut the foil?

Well, according to Jacques Pepin and most French somms I've talked to, you cut it below the lip and it's considered tacky and even rude to slice it and pull the whole thing off. I never understood why. This is definitely a French artifact (I was a somm mentored by a good guy -- French, born in Shan...
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

If everyone will indulge an on-topic post, this is something I just wrote up for the other thread )on CC companies and credits.) I wrote it in the hope that it helps others mount their arguments against CC-company intransigence. I invite anyone to please fix what I have said that might be wrong or a...
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

Both John and Perry, great comments. Let me take a stab at summarizing your position (which is also mine). In short, we bought this kind of protection from the CC companies: 1. Credit card companies are under no obligation to provide services to merchants. 2. Credit card companies are under no oblig...
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Chris Blum wrote:"Now where the heck did I put that hard drive?"

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Wow! That was amazing, Chris, thanks! I must have spent an hour looking at shredding videos... Incredible.
by Matt Neel
January 28th, 2016, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I say don't bother splitting it...
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

"Judge Lafferty said one of the potential issues that might come up during bankruptcy proceedings is: "Who owns this stuff?" He said customers might argue that the wine doesn't belong to the estate but rather the customers who bought it." That's from one of the latest local articles: http://www.ins...
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

My guess is that this post killed Bill. We can't see it but note edited by mods for personal attack. Having kept my eye on this thread the last few hours, I think this isn't the only editing that has occurred recently... But I love the Kill Bill line, great coupla movies. Especially the most recent.
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where do YOU cut the foil?
Replies: 89
Views: 3274

Where do you cut the foil?

I try to pull it off as gently as possible so that I can replace it after I refill the bottle for future auction sale. OMG I actually spit a little on my screen this made me LOL so hard... That said, below the lip. Cleaner, safer, faster, and easier to keep the bottle still while doing it so as to ...
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

It's my view that the only type of "editing" that should be allowed here is the kind allowing corrections for things like typos and grammar after pressing that "Submit" button. Or if one wants to "clarify" what one meant, one should be allowed to do so, provided they do so right under the original ...
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

R. Smith wrote:
Richard Leland wrote:WineBerserkers will be a lot less interesting without Bill Klapp.
+1
+2

I don't see how what was said was ban-worthy. Off-topic, mostly, yes, but not ban-worthy.
by Matt Neel
January 27th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

What a shit show this is! Between this and the Maison Ilan headaches, I am pretty damn sick of wine! What has caused me pleasure is now a source of great pain. Amex just told me that I am SOL for my charges that were made on 4/13/2012 and 12/1/2011. So much for being a platinum card holder since 20...
by Matt Neel
January 25th, 2016, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Those without any hidden agenda who simply believed that PC would pull through no longer have much reason to post, save with regard to strategies to salvage some of their losses. I disagree; there is good reason to post. This is a solid place to don sackcloth and ululate lamentations and receive ki...
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?
Replies: 50
Views: 2267

Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?

I have always felt that the Napa was only a "drop" below the Howell in quality.[cheers.gif] I have always preferred the Napa bottling, actually. Rich, clean, cedary and mostly without that gnurled ridge of firm, tannic, saddle leather that requires 2,000 miles of Clint Eastwood's crotch to wear dow...
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?
Replies: 50
Views: 2267

Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:'98 Togni in the decanter now, purely in the interest of helping out.
Report please! How was it?
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Andrew Kaufman wrote:It is not a choice. You must use your home or work address for your credit card.
Incorrect.
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Al Osterheld wrote:I suspect some of the people are unhappy that their home addresses have been revealed.

-Al
Yes. In my case, I live at the Post Office on Canal Street, but yes this would seriously upset me in certain other incarnations of myself. Like the lottery-winning one.
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Trigger warnings for public-domain information on wine discussion websites? Is this some university, full of doe-eyed, adult-aged children......who, by the way, had already IPO's their sub-Saharan food charities during junior high school, while take 4 AP classes during the same semesters when they ...
by Matt Neel
January 23rd, 2016, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Scraped the data from the amended filing. Easy-to-read CSV format is here and some analysis (including list of all claims > $100k) is here . Though perhaps intrusive, the facts are out there. This is fascinating! Thanks for doing it. I wish I knew how to do this... Is there a software tool that you...
by Matt Neel
January 21st, 2016, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?
Replies: 50
Views: 2267

Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?

Carlos Delpin wrote:93 is kind of an under the radar vintage. Recently we've tasted the 93 Pahlmeyer, Mondavi Reserve, and Beringer Private and they've all been really memorable wines.
I agree, in my limited experience. Monte bello, Montelena, Beringer, whatever. All terrific for me.
by Matt Neel
January 21st, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Loire/Chinon (1977-2010) Night w/Tooch, Corey N., and Marc F. [and a '65 Mouton for kicks]
Replies: 110
Views: 5587

Killer Loire/Chinon (1977-2010) Night w/Tooch, Corey N., and Marc F. [and a '65 Mouton for kicks]

Brad Kane wrote:I love acidity in whites. It's oak I can't stand.
Totally kidding. You and I both love high acidity in whites (and me in reds, mostly, too). Hence the [snort.gif]

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by Matt Neel
January 21st, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Was reading through the latest PC filings. John Kapon is owed over $100,000... Where did you find these? I don't see an amended filing here: https://www.unitedstatescourts.org/federal/canb/542981/ The 1/21 filings can be found here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxE5zOylrH4lQ0ZQeXptZ2JheU...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Matt the chances of you receiving your wines appear to be about as likely as the Cubs ever winning a World Series. Both theoretical and highly unlikely. I completely agree with you. In fact, I think there is zero chance. At least the Cubs have a bear to trap... But I thought it was at least worth d...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Loire/Chinon (1977-2010) Night w/Tooch, Corey N., and Marc F. [and a '65 Mouton for kicks]
Replies: 110
Views: 5587

Killer Loire/Chinon (1977-2010) Night w/Tooch, Corey N., and Marc F. [and a '65 Mouton for kicks]

1995 Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux Réserve When Bobby told me the theme, I asked him what I could bring and mentioned I had a couple of older Clos Naudin Moelleux’s. Dude was psyched because the ever so patient Chris loves Vouvray. Well now, here’s the funny part [CONFESSION TIME!]...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?
Replies: 50
Views: 2267

Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?

Dunn Howell from '87 is amazing, as others have said. A rightly famous vintage. '81 and '82 are great, '85 and '86 are good, too. These wines need so much time. Togni '91 and '92 are excellent, in fact a recent '92 was enough to make me wish I hadn't given up buying Cali cab. '94 gets high scores, ...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
Replies: 13
Views: 704

TN: 1985 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

1985 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1/20/2016) I've been fortunate enough to have had this wine 5-6 times over the years and each time it has always been splendid but never have I had a better bottle than tonight's. Admittedly...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

I'm not sure this necessarily follows. (1) I want the wine, (2) have a colorable claim to it, and (3) my CC company definitely doesn't want the wine and definitely does want its money. I am pretty sure that if I can somehow lay my hands on the wine that I ordered, paid for, and didn't receive that ...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

Another Chase Visa purchaser here. ... But this is just a policy manual to advise merchants about the rules, not the actual governing contract between them (and definitely not a contract with cardholders)[.] Some thoughts, trying to be helpful (not didactic): This seems to me a potentially crucial ...
by Matt Neel
January 20th, 2016, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

And if I accept my money back from MasterCard for these orders, I assume I lose the claim on the wine? if you get money from mc of course you don't get the wine. I'm not sure this necessarily follows. (1) I want the wine, (2) have a colorable claim to it, and (3) my CC company definitely doesn't wa...
by Matt Neel
January 19th, 2016, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)
Replies: 443
Views: 50864

Premier Cru chargeback information (ONLY)

I understand that for Amex, this is really an insurance deal; they realize they are sometimes going to be left holding the bag. They have been nothing but helpful, and their conduct has had its intended result: it made me a happy -- and continuing -- customer. Same here. I had one brief (30 minutes...
by Matt Neel
January 11th, 2016, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

The cost of capital isn't being assessed properly when people are thinking they are getting a discount on wine, when in reality they are making an equity type risk investment in a small cyclical specialty retailer. Well said. Yes. The most succinct distillation of the situation that I have read. La...
by Matt Neel
January 11th, 2016, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

No, Don, Larry is close and you are well out of your area of expertise and talking out of your hat. Is it not obvious to you that PC's CUSTOMERS were the lenders who converted the ongoing losses to debt, as you would have it? Here is how the PC business model, and Ponzi schemes in general, work: fo...
by Matt Neel
January 4th, 2016, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ILhSvwjLGA[/youtube] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] [popcorn.gif] The 2 minute and 40 second intro with music was utterly hypnotizing! Sad. It's a nice vision. I wish they could have worked i...
by Matt Neel
December 30th, 2015, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

After this thread was dead for 2.5 years, I started it back up again at the end of January 2014 with a complaint on waiting for $80k worth of back orders from 2011. As we've learned, $80k was small potatoes and after visiting PC and having an employee tell me that "he who barks the loudest gets the...
by Matt Neel
December 29th, 2015, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Mike Lindauer wrote:Curiously though, there was a thin label above my 2009 SHL "red Bordeaux dessert wine".
Snark alert: This seems like an accurate label...

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by Matt Neel
December 29th, 2015, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

OK -- here are my recent PC and AMEX dealings just in case this history might help someone else out. I just called AMEX (I have a gold card) and had what I consider a downright pleasant experience looking to get credit for wines PC has told me that they cannot deliver. I have 4 invoices from Jan-Jul...
by Matt Neel
December 15th, 2015, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Stop arguing about perceived slights - we are all in this together. Just saying. Word. Seeing it through. Getting delivered what I can (not terrible, had a fair bit "available for delivery") and will go from there. Still in for a fair bit of possible loss. Good luck to everyone, hope you and I all ...
by Matt Neel
December 11th, 2015, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

ybarselah wrote:finally got through to yahweh a few minutes ago...
Who answered the phone? St. Peter? [snort.gif]
by Matt Neel
November 23rd, 2015, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 599407

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

David Glasser wrote:
Peter Hirsch wrote:Love when others use the "Credit officer in my head" process!
A very apt construction Peter. The credit officer in my head has been well-trained by the credit officer in my bed.
That's just plain hilarious! champagne.gif
by Matt Neel
November 17th, 2015, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN: a true Fan
Replies: 26
Views: 1639

SQN: a true Fan

scamhi wrote: just normal ullage [snort.gif]
Both ways, ain't sexist [snort.gif]
by Matt Neel
April 5th, 2015, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gouges ancient and modern
Replies: 44
Views: 2600

Gouges ancient and modern

Seth, please please post more. You, dude, know your wine.
by Matt Neel
April 4th, 2015, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Nice Burgundies (Groffier, Dujac, Ilan, Angerville, Clair)
Replies: 3
Views: 742

TNs: Nice Burgundies (Groffier, Dujac, Ilan, Angerville, Clair)

Joseph Roty Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champs-Chenys 1999 Big, bold, oaky, forward - maybe I've really been away from wine too long if even this kind of OTT, in-your-face kind of wine seems attractive to me. Very rich and ripe, big, bold - and also refreshing on the finish. Weird. I hate OTT and oaky wi...
by Matt Neel
April 3rd, 2015, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1953 Claret
Replies: 17
Views: 1003

TN: 1953 Claret

The wine has an extremely beautiful color -- just from that it looks delicious. Well played!
by Matt Neel
April 3rd, 2015, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gouges ancient and modern
Replies: 44
Views: 2600

Gouges ancient and modern

If Seth means that most '99 CdN are still shut down and a waste to open then I definitely agree. And if you want to drink youngish Gouges try some 1997s. They did very well in the vintage and they're much earlier maturing. Jay, I am not sure what he means, exactly, but he reacts to '99s the way he ...
by Matt Neel
April 2nd, 2015, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gouges ancient and modern
Replies: 44
Views: 2600

Gouges ancient and modern

Generalities to follow: Mark, my friend Seth R (whom you have perhaps met) is pretty firmly of the opinion that '99 in the CdN is a no-go/non-starter. I'm not sure if he thinks that means forever or just for now, but our experience together is persuasive towards his opinion. CdB is another story ENT...

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