Chris Lehane, spokesperson for The Wine Group, spoke out against the class action lawsuit that claims cheap California wines have high levels of inorganic arsenic.  “It’s the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire and in fact, everything’s perfectly safe.”  Lehane alleges that the lawsuit is being driven by Kevin Hicks, the owner of BeverageGrades, a Denver-based food laboratory that analyzes wine.  Lehane suggests that the lab owner has an economic interest in feeding the controversy.  CBS in San Francisco reports that Hicks “tested more than 1,300 bottles of wine and found almost a quarter contained levels of arsenic higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum limit for drinking water of 10 parts per billion.  In some cases he says the wines contained up to four and five times that amount.”  To read the entire CBS article, click >>here<<. For an interesting article about Lehane’s allegations and even more interesting comments about the controversy, click >>here<<.  For a list of the 83 wines accused of having high arsenic levels in the lawsuit, click  >>here<<.