Diamonds Are a Wine's Best Friend?

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

Have you ever come across what appear to be tiny flakes or crystals in your wine, or in your bag of juice, or at the bottom of a carboy after racking? Did you wonder if the appearance of this deposit meant that the wine was flawed, or that your equipment might be damaged by it, or (worst of all!) that the wine might not be safe to drink?

Gadzooks! Lookit that muck in my wine!

There's very good news if you have: the deposit you've seen is wine diamonds, a well-known and well-understood natural phenomenon in winemaking, and one that's been around as long as people have made their own wine--in fact, they have found this residue on wine vessels over ten thousand years old!

Not only is the wine safe to drink, it's going to be delicious, and the crystals themselves are something that most winemakers will have paid for under a different guise (more on that below). But for people not used to seeing any deposit in their bottles, we need to have all the facts. more

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