Arsenic in wine?: A class-action lawsuit filed in California Superior Court suggests dozens of wines may have extremely high levels of arsenic in them, according to this report in USA Today. The stunning alleged revelations covers wines made by 28 California wineries, according to the report. The lawsuit largely targets low-cost white and blush wines. Data for the lawsuit is based on tests done on numerous wines at a lab in Denver, Colo., according to the report. Stay tuned on this legal action, as the Shanken News Daily blog accurately described the charges as “incendiary” in their report.
Bloodshed in the Vineyard: A shocking murder-suicide played out amid the vines of Napa Valley this week, according to several reports, resulting in a vintner and an investor dead and an area wine industry shaking its collective head. The basics of the violent events can be found here, thanks to a report from the Napa Valley Register. Two additional reports provide some interesting perspective on possible motivations for the heinous acts – one from the San Francisco Chronicle and another from The New York Times.
Prized Barolo Vineyard Sold: Giacomo Conterno, produce of world-class Barolo wines, has expanded its area footprint with the purchase of the neighboring Arione Vineyard, according to this report in Decanter magazine. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The vineyard is nine hectares in size.
Article Stirs Sommelier Debate in San Francisco: The San Francisco Chronicle’s departing wine editor Jon Bonne sparked much debate in the Bay Area by positing that the city’s wine scene has seen better days and legitimate sommeliers are now hard to find, part of a “brain drain” in the area. Alder Yarrow’s Vinography blog has a great take on this seemingly off the mark perspective. It was a hot topic among many wine industry representatives at a recent luncheon in the city to taste Italian wines at the Sociale restaurant.