Wine fans should check their cupboards and racks for one particular brand that has caused quite a mess in some Pennsylvania stores.
The bottles may spontaneously explode in your home.
Following several reports of full wine bottles exploding unexpectedly, consumers are being asked to carefully dispose of any unopened bottles of Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 (code 33283), 750 ml.
Consumers are instructed to handle the bottle delicately and should not attempt to return the bottle to the store, but dispose of it as soon as possible. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says full bottles of wine exploded in several of its retail stores, according to the Morning Call.
“Consumers should use caution when handling this product,” Joseph E. Brion, Liquor Control Board Chairman, said. “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.”
Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013, a Chairman’s Selection wine, was sold for $12.99 in approximately 180 stores starting in early June. Brion said the agency has not received any reports from consumers whose bottles exploded, but consumers will be eligible for refunds.
It has been removed from all state stores, and the liquor control board is working with the vendor to determine the cause of the exploding bottles.
Sparkling wine can sometimes go through a “second fermentation” process inside the bottle, but typically bottles are constructed to withstand the 5-6 atmospheres of pressure created by the CO2, without exploding.
“The reason sparkling wine bottles are thicker than regular wine bottles is because they must withstand the pressure of the carbon-dioxide produced in the second fermentation which can reach 90 pounds per square inch,” Wine Magazine explains.
In case the idea of an exploding bottle of wine doesn’t seem like cause for such concern, just check out the damage this couple found after waking up the mess their spontaneous wine explosion caused. And be sure to check out the shards of glass stuck in the wall at 1:12 ; that definitely could have caused a flesh wound. Or worse.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
Follow Elizabeth Kreft (@elizabethakreft) on Twitter.