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Cristalizado - The wine of the International Year of Crystallography 2014

Carrau wineries and the Enologists and Professors Francisco Carrau and Eduardo Boido, of the Facultad de Qumica, Universidad de la República have created the wine Cristalizado (Crystallized) in cellebration of the International Year of Crystallography
This Tannat Rosé wine (2014) has been processed in such a way that small natural crystals of potassium bitartrate (a natural component of grapes and wine) were allowed to form in the bottle.
Tartrates (salts of tartaric acid) and related compounds played a very important role in the discovery of stereoisomery by Louis Pasteur in 1848.
This wine cellebrates this discovery and crystallography in general in this year 2014.

More information on Pasteurs discovery:
- An excellent account of Crystallography before 1912, Pasteur's discovery and its significance is included in the paper by K. Molcanov and V. Stilinovic, Chemical Crystallography before X-ray Diffraction Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 2013, 52, 2-17. (doi:10.1002/anie.201301319)
- An account of a modern remake of Pasteur's experiment performed in Japan is included in the paper by Y. Tobe The reexamination of Pasteurs experiment in Japan Mendeleev Communications Electronic Version, Issue 3, 2003, 1. Available free on-line here

If you want to obtain a bottle of Cristalizado send an e-mail to with the word Cristalizado in the subject

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