Wine Word of the Week: Tastevin

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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Reader's Comments

  1. Dan | May 10th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I thought I was a geek, but I’ve never heard of this. Nice post!

  2. TheGourmetCoffeeGuy | May 11th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Very cool historical view about how wine used to be tasted and evaluated. Often wondered what it would be like to have your child express a desire to be a professional wine, coffee or juice taster. Cool professional choice, geek or not.
    Nice post as usual, enjoy the weekly word education.

  3. Kori | May 14th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks. Happy to be able to share a new “wine geek” word with you.

    Interesting question to ponder. Our 4 year-old hasn’t expressed a desire to be a professional taster, but she sure loves to “toast” with her milk cup.