Wine List: Arsenic Concern

This week, over 28 wineries were accused of having a high level of arsenic in their wine. We see a lot of this in rice, seafood and other products. Most of us are drinking a few glasses of wine socially but if you're consuming a lot of wine per day, this could become a problem long term.


Arsenic Poisoning Symptoms

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea  

List of Wines Noted With High Levels of Arsenic

— 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).

Researchers and other medical authorities have expressed concern over long term exposure to arsenic potentially causing cancer (particularly bladder or lung cancer) and diabetes. 

wine contains high levels of arsenic

Samadi's Take

I wouldn't worry too much about this. If you are consuming a bottle of wine per day or other extreme amounts then this could become a problem. But arsenic is in our soil and even through water filtration processes, we still can't completely get away from it. 

Health Benefits of Wine

  • Red wine is high in antioxidants
  • Anti-aging
  • May prevent cancer (colon, breast)
  • May reduce depression over time
  • May prevent dementia
  • Improves lung function



Invest In Your Wine

Whats interesting about this current lawsuit is they evaluated over 1300 bottles of wine and consistently the cheaper the wine, the higher levels of arsenic. It's still important to look for quality wines. Cheaper wines also have other fillers in them that we've spoken about.