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Feel Good Report: Red Wines May Contain High Arsenic Levels

 

Here’s frightening news for all those who wind down over a glass of red wine: A complaint filed late last week in California alleges that 28 wineries are violating state law by “knowingly producing, marketing and selling arsenic-contaminated wine and failing to warn consumers about the potential danger,” CBS News’ Los Angeles affiliate reported.

The plaintiffs allege the wineries are producing wines that contain “up to 500 percent or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.”

The wines are bottled under 31 different brand labels, mostly lower-priced, lower-end wines. It’s far too soon to know whether the accusations will hold up under legal scrutiny and additional scientific testing. The safest bet for now: Keep your eyes on this case and don’t scrimp on your wine selections.

The wines cited in the complaint are:

  • Acronym (GR8RW Red Blend)
  • Almaden (Heritage White Zinfandel, Heritage Moscato, Heritage Chardonnay, Mountain Burgundy, Mountain Rhine, Mountain Chablis)
  • Arrow Creek (Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Bandit (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Bay Bridge (Chardonnay)
  • Beringer (White Merlot, White Zinfandel, Red Moscato, Refreshingly Sweet Moscato)
  • Charles Shaw (White Zinfandel)
  • Colores Del Sol (Malbec)
  • Glen Ellen by Concannon (Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio, Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot)
  • Concannon (Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir)
  • Cook's (Spumante)
  • Corbett Canyon (Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Cupcake (Malbec)
  • Fetzer (Moscato, Pinot Grigio)
  • Fisheye (Pinot Grigio)
  • Flipflop (Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Foxhorn (White Zinfandel)
  • Franzia (Vintner Select White Grenache, Vintner Select White Zinfandel, Vintner Select White Merlot, Vintner Select Burgundy)
  • Hawkstone (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • HRM Rex Goliath (Moscato)
  • Korbel (Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine)
  • Menage A Trois (Pinot Grigo, Moscato, White Blend, Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, California Red Wine)
  • Mogen David (Concord, Blackberry Wine)
  • Oak Leaf (White Zinfandel)
  • Pomelo (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • R Collection By Raymond (Chardonnay).
  • Richards Wild Irish Rose (Red Wine)
  • Seaglass (Sauvignon Blanc)
  • Simply Naked (Moscato)
  • Smoking Loon (Viognier)
  • Sutter Home (Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, Pink Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Sweet Red, Riesling, White Merlot, Merlot, White Zinfandel)