A Guide to Wine Faults – Tartrate Crystals

  Tartrate Crystals [Tar-trate] I’ve worked in restaurants my whole life and have encountered tartrates quite a bit. Before a wine is bottled to be sold, wineries usually employ a procedure called cold stabilization (which brings the wine down to a near freezing temperature) in order to remove these “wine diamonds” as they’re sometimes more fondly called.  It’s worth noting that Potassium Bitartrate (to give tartrates their full name) is a natural byproduct of the…

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