Plastic Wine Thief

Description
This plastic wine thief was used at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa, California during the 1990s. The wine thief is essentially a pipette that is used by a winemaker to extract a small amount of wine from a large cask or carboy. At several points during both the fermentation and aging processes, a winemaker will use the thief to extract a sample of the juice into a glass. The winemaker evaluates the wine by carefully looking at its color, smelling its aroma, and tasting it, as part of the winemaking process.
Object Name
wine thief
Physical Description
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.5 cm x 48 cm x 3 cm; 2 3/16 in x 18 7/8 in x 1 3/16 in
ID Number
1998.0181.06
accession number
1998.0181
catalog number
1998.0181.06
subject
Wine
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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