One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, shallow silver cup for tasting wines, of a type used in France.
- ‘The first tastevins were originally designed to allow merchants buying wine to gauge the color of the wine while in dim, candlelit cellars.’
- ‘In France however, there has been a constant business in the making of tastevins which continues to the present.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
French, literally ‘wine taster’.
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