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What wine will your church serve during Communion? 31 brands being sued for use of arsenic


This writer was hesitant about posting this feature today because Sunday is a spiritual day for many readers and the consumption of spirits by many of them are forbidden. Regardless, the fact is Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11) and Melchizedek “brought forth bread and wine” for Abram and his companions (Genesis 14:18). Wine, fermented grapes, are referenced more than 130 times in the Hebew Bible as yayin. And, Jesus Christ drank oinos (wine) (Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34).

During many Holy Communion services, wine has been served since the beginning of church. While most churches serve a special wine, now is a good time to learn the source because inexpensive and popular California wines are allegedly tainted with dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a new lawsuit filed this week.

The lawsuit was filed by four individual Southern California wine consumers who had 1,306 wines tested at a Denver-based laboratory and then confirmed results with two additional laboratories.

There are 83 bottles of wine cited in a lawsuit this week for having dangerously high levels of arsenic. They came from 28 California wineries and were bottled under 31 different brand labels.

The consumers’ attorney Brian Kabateck said the wines contained arsenic levels 10 parts per billion above the range considered safe for drinking water.

The Environmental Protection Agency standard for drinking water is 10 parts per billion – meaning that the tests allegedly found arsenic levels that were double the federal drinking water standard.

“This is a very serious public health concern. We would hope the wine industry would take these wines off the shelf immediately.

“‘If not voluntarily, we would ask the court to do it.”

Almost all sell for below $10 a bottle. See the list below:

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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