"Russia’s state consumer protection body said it had suspended sales of some California wines because they contained excess pesticide residues. Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Geyser Peak Merlot and Crane Lake Moscato were the brands affected.
"Tests showed excess levels of phthalate and bifenazate in some of the wines, according to the watchdog, named Rospotrebnadzor.
"But, several media, including the Moscow Times, linked the timing of the ban with worsening political tension between Russia and US – particularly over Ukraine.
"Russia has a history of banning food and wine imports from nations it is in political dispute with." (article continues)