One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, shallow silver cup for tasting wines, of a type used in France.
- ‘When we mention tasting, we immediately think of enologists with their tastevins and of monks in their monasteries busily perfecting their beer or cheese-making techniques between prayers.’
- ‘In France however, there has been a constant business in the making of tastevins which continues to the present.’
- ‘Some Burgundy producers still use tastevins in their own cellars, where they can be useful to demonstrate hue and clarity even in a dim light.’
- ‘The first tastevins were originally designed to allow merchants buying wine to gauge the color of the wine while in dim, candlelit cellars.’
- ‘Even without the numerous wine stewards walking around the dining room with silver tastevins hanging around their necks, the atmosphere at Le Bernardin feels quite old world.’
French, literally ‘wine taster’.
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