A California lawsuit alleges that nearly a hundred wines from a dozen or more producers contain enormous amounts of arsenic much higher than the legally permissible limits. Its tough to avoid this story that seems to be everywhere and as a self appointed amateur wine connoisseur, I have to admit to finding the story fascinating. The Plaintiffs allege that independent testing reveals arsenic levels as high as 500x what is considered safe (kind of scary that number is not 0). Of course, the wine institute believes the lawsuit is nonsense and that all of the listed wines are safe to drink. To be fair, the plaintiffs were not killed as a result of drinking this wine, they are simply appalled at the results of independent testing.
It began with an independent test in Denver. They sought to review approximately 1300 bottles of the most common wines on the marketplace. In fact, these 1300 bottles represented 75% of all wine drank in the US. Of course, since we are talking about commonplace and high volume wines, many of those tested were cheap and inexpensive bottled (or boxed) wine. Shockingly, 83 of the bottles tested revealed excessive arsenic levels. Those 83 bottles are:
- Acronym’s GR8RW Red Blend 2011