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Lead in Wine? | The Wine Virgin
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Lead in Wine?

March 17, 2008

Is lead in wine something I should really consider or is it just media hype and paranoia? - Justin in Rochester, MN

One concern has been with very expensive decanters that are made from crystal that some of these do contain a tiny amount of lead because it makes the glass very clear. Research has shown that if you use these types of crystal to store wine or liquor over a long period of months that the alcohol may leach a discernible amount of lead into the contents.

However, the amounts are marginal. But you have to consider that since lead can cause brain damage, it is definitely worth being cautious. Talk about being a hardcore wino, so much that you are willing to risk brain damage to get your kicks. Now if you are still willing to use a crystal decanter I highly advise that you use it only for the evening and from there pour the remainder back into the bottle.

DO NOT use these for long term storage of wine unless you have a fond desire of drooling on yourself while clapping your hands…

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