What’s in your wine?

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Please note as far as I know the above wine is not on the list just a California Wine.

A class action law suit was filed Thursday against some of the top winemakers in the US. The lawsuit claims that there are very high levels of arsenic in some of the wines, up to 5 times the level that is allowed in our drinking water. 

There were 2 independent studies conducted and both came out with the basically the same results. One article 3 claims there seems to be a pattern the cheaper the wine the more arsenic. Two of the highest arsenic levels were found in Trader Joe’s 2 Buck White Zinfandel which contained 3 times the legal limit and Franzia Blush and White Grenache which had 5 times the limit; also on the list was Menage a Trois Moscato which had 4 times the legal limit of drinking water.

Arsenic is as bad for you as cigarette smoke and over time will kill you, many times in the form of cancer. The filer of the lawsuit wants California Wineries to “clean up the industry” and return money to the consumers. CBS news did an independent study and found similar results. This is a developing story and should be interesting to follow especially if you are a wine lover like me. 




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Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I heard about this and it is scary to think of companies doing this.  Thanks for sharing on the Rain!

Mar 21, 2015 02:53 AM #1
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

See, this is why you should stick to beer and the hard stuff. Much healthier for you.

Mar 21, 2015 02:57 AM #2
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Brenda J. Andrew I like sharing information that I think many will like to my Rain family.

David Spencer LOL I have friends that live in Bloomingdale. I do like craft beer and my martinis and margaritas but my passion is wine.  I am a wine snob. LOL!

Mar 21, 2015 03:06 AM #3
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


As our Grandpa pa says "NO BUENO"!! Arsenic as you said is very bad for anyone. I wonder how the arsenic gets into the wine? Hmm.. This might put some of these winemakers out of business. 

Mar 21, 2015 03:40 AM #4
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Where is the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA)?  Or doens't wine fall within the list of things they test and regulate?

Mar 21, 2015 04:16 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Consumers need to be alert for wines with very high levels of arsenic. Thanks for sharing this information. 

Mar 21, 2015 04:43 AM #6
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I am posting about the same thing as I replied to yours and Bob's comment about this on my site. I believe almost all of these wines are made either in the central valley or abroad. In the central valley, also known as the San Joaquin Valley, I presume much of the water supply used to make wine will be well water. Given the drought and severe conditions there, I wonder if their wells are not having a problem. I know they are continually drilling deeper ones.

Who knows but I think it is not true of better wines but time will tell.

cheers cvc

Mar 21, 2015 05:20 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What's left that won't hurt us?  Geez.  Flooring, wheat, microwaving things in plastic....the microwave....and now wine.  It appears that living a life is hazardous to your health.

Mar 21, 2015 06:47 AM #8
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Yolanda,

Thanks for providing such timely post to the AR communiuty.  It is amazing to me that the this is an issue in the richest country on earth.  The safety of the food we eat and the water we drink should be of paramount importance to all of us.  Unfortunatelyprofit trumps everything else

Mar 21, 2015 09:18 AM #9
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Wow... I would have never thought it!  Keep us posted as to how this comes out...

have a great night

Mar 21, 2015 10:40 AM #10
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     If this hits the headlines on Fox, Huffington, NPR, Drudge etc.  it will be lethal to the wine industry - and it should be.

Mar 21, 2015 12:04 PM #11
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Yolanda, I was unaware of this issue.  I'm wondering how many other wines have similar issues.

Mar 21, 2015 04:58 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Oh my!  Arsenic in wine, formaldehyde in laminate flooring, lead in toys, .... it's a dangerous world.  Unless your a class action lawyer!  

Mar 21, 2015 09:22 PM #13
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. My husband has wine sometimes . I will tell him about this study.

Mar 22, 2015 07:41 AM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Although I haven't had a bottle of "2 Buck Chuck" from Trader Joes in years and years, this news was alarming.  BUT, I'm extremely glad the arsenic levels in some of the wines have been revealed.  I've had glasses of wine to die for, but I don't wish to die because of what's in them!  

Mar 22, 2015 09:50 AM #15
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Yolanda, thanks for the info about the arsenic levels in wine, and  saw that some have been revealed.

Mar 23, 2015 01:15 AM #16
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

That is really scary, since I always buy and love California wines.

I wonder what happen that they found arsenic in the CA wines.....:(((

Mar 23, 2015 07:41 PM #17
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Check out my post today. It is about this, cheers cvc

Apr 05, 2015 01:41 AM #18
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