Stainless Steel Dodine, or Stirring Rod

This dodine was used at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa, California during the 1990s. A long, curved, stainless steel rod with a freely rotating blade at the end, the dodine is used to stir the “lees,” or sediment in a wine barrel. Some winemakers believe that stirring the lees is essential to creating deeper, more complex aromas and flavors, and a smoother taste.
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overall: 103 cm x 14.5 cm x 19 cm; 40 9/16 in x 5 11/16 in x 7 1/2 in
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FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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