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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett

Ernest & Julio Gallo has been forced to recall 16,000 bottles of Turning Leaf Sauvignon Blanc after it was discovered that they may have been contaminated with very small particles of glass. Up to 180 bottles of the 2003 vintage may have been contaminated. The affected bottles, which were all on sale at Threshers, as well as its off-shoots such as Wine Rack, Bottoms Up and Victoria Wine, were being sold in cases of six as part of a free flights promotion. Only wine with LOT numbers L4196, L4197 and L4197A has been affected. The LOT number can be found on the back outer case and on the back label of the bottle. A spokeswoman for Gallo said that any contaminated wine would only have been available for sale on or after Tuesday 20 July, and that anyone who had purchased a case of the affected wine from Threshers should return it to the store for a full refund. The spokeswoman added that it would be impossible' to put a figure on how much the recall will cost Gallo in the long run. Anyone with queries on the recall should call the Gallo customer hotline on 0800 583 2001 between 9am and 9pm. Gallo has extended its Sierra Valley range with the launch of four 250ml single-serve versions. With an RRP of 1.99, the new additions are a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Zinfandel, and a White Grenache. All four will be bottled under screwcap.