By Kori ~ May 24th, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is spittoon.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Whatever tasters spit into is a spittoon. These can vary from specially designed giant metal funnels, through wooden cases filled with sawdust, to ice buckets, jugs, or, particularly convenient at a seated tasting, personal plastic or cardboard beakers. Most professional tasting rooms are equipped with channels, or sinks with running water designed to drain away expectorated wine.
Layman’s terms from Kori:
Spittoon is a container or sink into which wine tasters spit. Spittoons are also often referred to as spit buckets or dump buckets. Spittoons are usually provided in tasting rooms and at tasting events.
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