Spontaneously exploding wine bottles prompt PLCB recall

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is asking consumers to dispose of certain bottles of Prosecco sparkling white wine “following several reports of full wine bottles spontaneously exploding” at state stores.

The sparkling wine in question is “Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013” (PLCB No. 33283, 750 ml).

“Consumers should use caution when handling this product,” said Chairman Joseph E. Brion in a statement issued this afternoon. “While we have not had any reports from consumers who may have been affected, we want to take every precaution in order to avoid a safety issue.”

Refunds will be issued for those who bought the product, according to the PLCB. Bottles retail for $12.99, and were sold in about 180 wine and spirits stores across the state, starting this month.

Those who bought the brand should call 1-800-272-7522, then press 3, or email lbconsumer@pa.gov, in order to get a refund. 

The PLCB said it is working with its vendor to determine the reason the bottles exploded. Like Champagne, Prosecco is a sparkling wine, meaning its production requires the incorporation of carbon dioxide to make it fizzy. 

In 2013, for the first time, Prosecco sales exceeded Champagne sales in terms of units sold.  

Bill Toland: btoland@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2625.

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