By Kori ~ May 10th, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is tastevin.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Tastevins, or wine tasters, as they are known by collectors are wine antiques, are shallow, often dimpled, saucers used for tasting by professionals (and occasionally self-conscious amateurs). Because they were usually used in a cellar, or on purchasing journeys where robust construction was essential, they were almost invariably made of silver….
Layman’s terms from Kori:
A tastevin is a small and shallow cup, sometimes worn on a chain around the neck, which was historically used by wine professionals to taste and evaluate wines. No longer used on a regular basis, today a tastevin is a wine accessory for the true wine geek and collector.
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