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Tastevin

Tastevin (Wine Tasting Cup)
Physical Description:
red (neck piece color)
silver (cup material)
ribbon (neck piece material)
green, yellow (neck piece color)
Measurements:
cup: 1 in x 3 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 8.255 cm
Object Name:
tasting cup with ribbon
wine tasting cup with ribbon
wine tasting cup with ribbon
Subject:
Food
Work
Credit Line:
Gift of Miljenko Grgich
ID Number:
2006.0157.04
Catalog number:
2006.0157.04
Accession number:
2006.0157
Description:
A shallow, silver tasting cup, or tastevin, was traditionally used by winemakers to sample wine. Created centuries ago by cellarmasters in Burgundy, the tastevin was essential for judging the maturity of wine in cellars lit only by candles. The tastevin's indentations, and its shiny, convex bottom, reflected even dim candle light throughout the cup and allowed the winemaker to examine the liquid's characteristics. The tastevin is typically attached to a ribbon or chain and worn around the neck
Location:
Currently not on view
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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