State regulators warn Missouri winery’s bottles might explode

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is warning buyers that bottles of Casa de Loco wine have been exploding and should be handled with extreme care. Six different types of wine manufactured by the Eldon, Missouri winery should be secured and not be drunk.

The varieties include:

  • Applesauced
  • Bellini Gold
  • Coming in Hot
  • Kona Lover Port
  • OCD
  • Peachy Thoughts

“This is a very serious situation because it poses a real potential threat to members of the public or even somebody who might be shopping in a store where this would be on the shelves,” said Michael O’Connell, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

He said the ATC confiscated the wine during a routine inspection after finding unregistered bottles of Casa de Loco at a store.

“They put it into an evidence storage area and exploded,” O’Connell said.

When the ATC contacted retailers, it learned of additional explosions.

Regulators said Casa de Loco never submitted their wines for product brand registration, which includes review and product evaluation, as required by Missouri law.

But the brand’s owner, Larry Owens, disagrees with that charge.

“No, the only one we ever had trouble with was anything that had peach in it. It’s done federally but I guess maybe the state didn’t have them. I don’t know. That’d be my comment on that,” Owens said.

The six known unregistered Casa de Loco wines were distributed to retailers in the Camdenton, Glasgow, Keytesville, Lebanon, Newburg, Osage Beach, Salisbury, St. Joseph, St. Robert, Stoutland, Sunrise Beach, Warsaw, and Wright City in Missouri. The wines may also have been distributed directly by Casa de Loco to consumers at events in other locations.

Casa de Loco has informed the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control that it will be removing the products from retailers. Anyone with bottles of the affected wine products should contact the store they bought them from to see about returning them.

“This isn’t something that you want to leave out or even put in the car and transport,” O’Connell said. “Handle it very carefully.”

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