Public Service Announcement – The Wine You’re Drinking Might Be Poison

Hey Foodies. So, I’m a huge wine drinker. I love trying new wines and indulging in the nostalgia some wines bring me, so it’s with a heavy wino heart we bring you a list of wines that contain high levels of arsenic. According to CBS Los Angeles, 83 bottles of wine  cited in a lawsuit this week contain dangerously high levels of arsenic. The wines come from 28 different California wineries and were bottled under 31 different brand labels.

Some of the wine labels include several different types of wine – I.E. merlot, chardonnay, rose, etc.

If you’re wondering what arsenic is, here’s your answer: Arsenic is a chemical element that occurs in many minerals, usually in combination with sulfur and metals, but also as a pure elemental crystal. Arsenic is commonly used in lead based products, paints (not in U.S.) as a semiconductor in electronic devices, pesticides, treated-woods, and many other products.

Quick version: It’s a metal, used in non-food based products. Remember in the movie/Broadway musical Chicago when one of the husbands has poisoned with arsenic. Yeah, it’s real. If you’ve been exposed to arsenic here are some of the symptoms which may include: Vomiting, abdominal pain, encephalopathy, and watery diarrhea that contains blood. Long-term exposure can result in thickening of the skin, darker skin, abdominal pain, diarrhea, heart disease, numbness, and cancer.

We’re getting graphic on this one because this comes from a long line of health based lawsuits pertaining to the quality of food and drink produced and approved by the FDA in Arizona. At Travel Foodie Mom we pride ourselves on the consumption and promotion of all-natural, safe, and local (if possible) food and drink.

We urge you to read through this list, remove any of the wines listed from your home, and try something new. My personal favorite is Chronic Cellars (available in red, white, and champagne). Also important to note is the fact some of these wines are currently served in many restaurants. Know your wines Foodies.

Those labels and the types of wine cited in the complaint:

— 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).

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Sarah is the co-founder of Travel Foodie Mom, The Blonde Spot, and podcast host for Monday Morning Mimosas and Nerd Biscuit (coming soon). She believes life is better when you can embrace and she does just that.

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