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.
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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