The Grapevine

Arsenic & Old Lace & a New Wine-Growing Place

July 20th, 2015

The arsenic debate continues even as the wine is still on the shelves. China isn’t just consuming wines; soon they’ll be making them. [level-members]

Even as allegations of unhealthy wines is being debated, the wines themselves are still on the shelves. Those on the defendants’ side say that the wines are safe, so there’s no need to pull them. The plaintiffs, of course, feel otherwise.

Their complaint includes the warning that, “… a glass or two of these arsenic-contaminated wines a day over time could result in dangerous arsenic toxicity to the consumer.” I’m all for enforcing consumer safety regulations, but when even the complaint is couched in qualifying terms, I do wonder at the case’s merit. You can read the full article here.

Meanwhile, China (a country, coincidentally, not terribly well known for its safety and regulatory oversight) has a booming wine business in the making. The area in China that is friendly to wine-making, climate-wise, is larger than any other country’s other than Spain. You can read the full article here, including a number of video clips.