Here’s a complete list of the wine brands that have allegedly been poisoning you with arsenic

We Californians are in a panic. This Thursday, a class action lawsuit was filed claiming that some of our favorite cheap wines are poisoning us with dangerous levels of “inorganic arsenic.

[Update: 3/21/15, 7:54 pm PST] Wine industry groups have contested the motive of the lawsuit and its claims. The Wine Institute of California released a statement saying, “While there are no established limits in the U.S., several countries, including the European Union, have established limits of 100 parts per billion or higher for wine. California wine exports are tested by these governments and are below the established limits.” A representative of The Wine Group, who happens to be one of the defendants in the lawsuit, says that the plaintiffs “decided to file a complaint based on misleading and selective information in order to defame responsible California winemakers, create unnecessary fear, and distort and deceive the public for their own financial gain.”

We Californians are in a panic. This Thursday, a class action lawsuit was filed claiming that some of our favorite cheap wines are poisoning us with dangerous levels of “inorganic arsenic.

Court documents claim that three separate testing laboratories – who specifically focus on arsenic testing — confirmed that several California wineries are producing wines with high levels of arsenic, even on some cases “up to 500 percent or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.”

“These wineries have long known about the serious health risks their products pose to customers,” said Brian Kabateck, managing partner of Los Angeles–based law firm Kabateck Brown Kellner, which filed the suit. “Yet instead of reducing the exposure to acceptable levels, the defendants recklessly engage in a pattern and practice of selling arsenic-tainted wine to California consumers.”

Below is a full list to keep handy of the offending wine brands as you venture out to the liquor store or your local Trader Joe’s:

1. Acronym’s GR8RW Red Blend 2011
2. Almaden’s Heritage White Zinfandel
3. Almaden’s Heritage Moscato
4. Almaden’s Heritage White Zinfandel
5. Almaden’s Heritage Chardonnay
6. Almaden’s Mountain Burgundy
7. Almaden’s Mountain Rhine
8. Almaden’s Mountain Chablis
9. Arrow Creek’s Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
10. Bandit’s Pinot Grigio
11. Bandit’s Chardonnay
12. Bandit’s Cabernet Sauvignon
13. Bay Bridge’s Chardonnay
14. Beringer’s White Merlot 2011
15. Beringer’s White Zinfandel 2011
16. Beringer’s Red Moscato
17. Beringer’s Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
18. Charles Shaw White Zinfandel 2012
19. Colores del Sol’s Malbec 2010
20. Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012
21. Concannon’s Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
22. Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot 2010
23. Cook’s Spumante
24. Corbett Canyon’s Pinot Grigio
25. Corbett Canyon’s Cabernet Sauvignon
26. Cupcake’s Malbec 2011
27. Fetzer’s Moscato 2010
28. Fetzer’s Pinot Grigio 2011
29. Fish Eye Pinot Grigio 2012
30. Flipflop’s Pinot Grigio 2012
31. Flipflop’s Moscato
32. Flipflop’s Cabernet Sauvignon
33. Foxhorn’s White Zinfandel
34. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Grenache
35. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Zinfandel
36. Franzia’s Vintner Select White Merlot
37. Franzia’s Vintner Select Burgundy
38. Hawkstone’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
39. HRM Rex Goliath’s Moscato
40. Korbel’s Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine
41. Korbel’s Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
42. Menage a Trois’ Pinot Grigio 2011
43. Menage a Trois’ Moscato 2010
44. Menage a Trois’ White Blend 2011
45. Menage a Trois’ Chardonnay 2011
46. Menage a Trois’ Rose 2011
47. Menage a Trois’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
48. Menage a Trois’ California Red Wine 2011
49. Mogen David’s Concord
50. Mogen David’s Blackberry Wine
51. Oak Leaf’s White Zinfandel
52. Pomelo’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011
53. R Collection by Raymond’s Chardonnay 2012
54. Richards Wild Irish Rose’s Red Wine
55. Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc 2012
56. Simply Naked’s Moscato 2011
57. Smoking Loon’s Viognier 2011
58. Sutter Home’s Sauvignon Blanc 2010
59. Sutter Home’s Gewurztraminer 2011
60. Sutter Home’s Pink Moscato
61. Sutter Home’s Pinot Grigio 2011
62. Sutter Home’s Moscato
63. Sutter Home’s Chenin Blanc 2011
64. Sutter Home’s Sweet Red 2010
65. Sutter Home’s Riesling 2011
66. Sutter Home’s White Merlot 2011
67. Sutter Home’s Merlot 2011
68. Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel 2011
69. Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel 2012
70. Sutter Home’s Zinfandel 2010
71. Trapiche’s Malbec 2012
72. Tribuno’s Sweet Vermouth
73. Vendange’s Merlot
74. Vendange’s White Zinfandel
75. Wine Cube’s Moscato
76. Wine Cube’s Pink Moscato 2011
77. Wine Cube’s Pinot Grigio 2011
78. Wine Cube’s Pinot Grigio
79. Wine Cube’s Chardonnay 2011
80. Wine Cube’s Chardonnay
81. Wine Cube’s Red Sangria
82. Wine Cube’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011
83. Wine Cube’s Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011

Arsenic is an odorless, colorless and highly toxic poison which can cause illness and death if ingested. Long-term health effects can include various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

h/t Patch.com, L.A. Weekly

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  1. Vindication

    March 22, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I have regularly drank three of those wines listed for the last twenty years, including the years listed above, but I don’t live in California.

    So, what is the recourse for those who do not live in California but still drank these wines?

  2. Biish

    March 22, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Almadens, Bandits, Beringers, Glen Ellen, Corbett, Fetzers, Franzias, Sutter Home, Vendanges, and Wine Cube are NOT available at Trader Joes.

  3. whlanteigne

    March 22, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Court documents “CLAIM” that three separate testing laboratories
    – who specifically focus on arsenic testing — confirmed that several California wineries are producing wines with high levels of arsenic,
    even on some cases “up to 500 percent or more than what is considered the maximum acceptable safe daily intake limit.”

    It’s a CLAIM in a lawsuit. It isn’t a confirmed FACT. Often, CLAIMS in lawsuits are grossly overstated. The plaintiffs must PROVE THE CLAIMS in order to prevail.

    If the CLAIMS are false, this is nothing but legal extortion.
    If the claims are true, it’s a serious blow to the California wine industry and the economy of California.

  4. louise

    March 22, 2015 at 4:55 am

    You’re screwed!

  5. Kay

    March 22, 2015 at 8:03 am

    They never said they were, but Charles Shaw, otherwise known as “2 Buck Chuck” is.

  6. Colleen Langewisch

    March 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    “as you venture out to the liquor store OR your local Trader Joe’s.” It does NOT say these wines are all available at Trader Joe’s.

  7. duspin

    March 22, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Who cares if they’re all “NOT available” at Trader Joes? They’re available, and perhaps they shouldn’t be.

  8. Paul Pascuzzi

    March 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    It was pointed out that they are not sold at Trader Joe’s because the article specifically and wrongly mentioned Trader Joe’s.

  9. Sandra

    March 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    same here!

  10. Jason

    March 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    A good journalist would have done a bit more research.
    Who are the parties that will benefit from this lawsuit?
    How much arsenic is in the wine?
    How does arsenic get into wine?
    If we have no US standard, why?
    What are the EU standards?
    What wines passed? How many were tested? Which wines at this price level weren’t tested? Why?

  11. John Sharpnack

    March 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    How is the arsenic getting in there? Is it an additive of some sort? Is the problem environmental? In other words, should I be mad at the wine maker for being uncaring and/or greedy, or should I be mad at myself for not caring about the environment and pissing in the well?

  12. MarkinUpstateNY

    March 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    They are comparing the arsenic levels set for drinking water. If a person is drinking 3 liters of wine on a daily basis, arsenic is going to be the least of their worries.

  13. ALG

    March 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Wait… there’s a substance in our alcohol that might exceed the safe limits?? Next you will tell me that hormones in our food and chemicals in our cigarettes might not be good for us.

    As with everything, you get what you pay for, folks. Question everything, and make sure you are comfortable with the answers. (And maybe give some of our Washington wines a go…)

  14. Washington

    March 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    They’re all still available for a very good reason: this is a sensationalized media article about a cash-grab lawsuit. There are no dangerous levels of arsenic in the Trader Joe’s wines. That’s actually backed up by scientific testing (31ppb vs. the recognized acceptable level of 100ppb). Notice that there are no scientific facts posted here? That’s why you reacted ignorantly. Get some facts. ANY facts. Then react.

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  16. Den

    March 23, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Some perspective on the matter:
    The US EPA limits arsenic to 10 ppb (parts per billion) in drinking water, without explicitly mentioning wine, while other countries limit it in wine to 100 ppb.
    Other experts suggest drinking 8 glasses of water per day — or about 64 oz. So the top exposure from drinking one 6oz glass of wine is about the same as from a days worth of water.
    Also note that not long ago (>10 years), the US limit was 50 ppb. So drinking these wines give about the same amount of arsenic as high-but-legal wells of >10 years ago.
    Of course, the vineyards should be held accountable for not complying with US law, but expect arsenic to become more of a problem in the food supply as quality water aquifers are depleted by the drought and farms draw on less pristine supplies.

  17. drdoc

    March 23, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Class action suits are rarely completely based on facts and more often are little more than sleazy lawyers extortion cash from companies under the guise of “protecting consumers”.

  18. Grant Armbruster

    March 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Still far below the arsenic standards of Canada for wine. I think some one is just looking for a California pay day and is snobbishly going after “big wine”.

  19. Tim_Adams

    March 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Oh, this is great! So how do we get into this class action law suit? Do we need our receipts?

  20. Robert Dell

    March 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Well, I personally use wine once every 2-3 months for cooking only and since I use it only for cooking, I buy the tiny 4-8 ounce bottles from sutter home. The exact type I bought is not listed in the lawsuit, probably because the tiny bottles are mainly for airplanes and export.

  21. Robert Dell

    March 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    also, who cares if there’s high levels of arsenic in wine. the world population is already much higher than the Earth can support long term.

  22. Drew

    March 23, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Well my brother in law drinks Franzia Chillable all the time and just yesterday he went to the hospitol for an allergic reaction..he had bad hives and face and tongue swelling…after investigating what he ate and drank, a box of Franzia Chillable Red Wine was on the list!!!

  23. Charlie

    March 24, 2015 at 1:46 am

    A more comprehensive and therefore understandable, and therefore relevant -article, would, at the very least, explain how the arsenic is an element of the wine in the first place. How are the producers to ‘remove’ the levels? What is the end-result here, to get the state to ban these wines?

  24. Cassie Gilbert

    March 24, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Another article I read said studies were done on Franzia’s Blush and Moscato…and also listed some Trader Joe brands that aren’t listed here. Where can we get the FULL list. Ps…I have 1 & a half boxes of Franzia and 2 bottles of Sutter home sitting in my fridge…I’ve given it up completely…can’t go wrong with good ol’ Bud Light. I still can’t throw away the unused wines tho….that would be alcohol abuse!

  25. Earl

    March 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Talk about sleazy lawyers com to FL look at the Tampa bay times today 3-25-2015 talk about wine.

  26. David K

    March 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    The key hoodwink term is EXPORTS. These companies know damn well that they export an entirely different product to stay within the importing country’s consumer safety guidelines!

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  28. Stefania Pepe

    April 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    E’ follia….
    perché mettono arsenico nel vino ?

    Why they have to put arsenic in the wines?

    Have you realized that all my efforts in making a safe wines without any additive…has a reason ?
    Do you think is it foolish to make wines only from my organic grapes and without any additive..not even sulfites??
    Yes because you do not make enough money to live well…but what does it matter most: have a big winery.. nice villas …a lot of money ….or to have a simple life with the mission of giving healthy product to your customers?
    I choosed to make wine thinking first to your health…to your love…to let you and our baby live in a better life Tomorrow

    Love yourself and buy organic certified wines!

    You’ll feel better and you’ll help us to live and buidl up in a better world

  29. Joni

    May 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Jason, you are correct. I am a former Idaho journalist and asked the same Q.
    Facts make good stories, not propeganda.

  30. Anna

    August 7, 2015 at 3:43 am

    I drank a glass of Sutter Pink Moscato and got the worst sour stomach, thought I was gonna die. Never again

  31. Cc

    December 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    All I’m guna say is… Are you dead yet?? Someone claimed to have drank 3 different brands regularly for 20 years… Must not be that toxic lol.

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