October 2, 2009
Here's the deal on CRV
Q While I generally appreciate your columns, you've once again given incorrect advice.
Wine CAN have California Redemption Value if it has flavors added. Arbor Mist and Boone's Farm come to mind and some sangrias.
They don't seem like wine coolers, but they are considered as such.
Tell the person who complained about this to look all over the labels on the bottle for "CA redemption value."
Here's another weird thing: large 100 percent juice bottles don't have CRV but small ones do.
You're right, Tommy, but I'm sticking with my advice: there is no deposit required for wine bottles.
But to clarify, and thank you for bringing it up, CRV is chargeable on wine coolers.
So, what is a wine cooler? Basically it's an alcoholic beverage consisting of wine and fruit juice, and maybe carbonated beverage and sugar. Some coolers contain malt instead of wine and are sometimes referred to as "flavored malt cooler."
These coolers are subject to the CRV deposit.
For the record, here is the official list from the California Department of Conservation of beverages subject to CRV:
You will find this information on the state's Department of Conservation at bottlesandcans.com or you can call 1-800-RECYCLE (732-9253).