A shallow, silver tasting cup, or tastevin, was traditionally used by winemakers to sample wine. Created centuries ago by cellarmasters in Burgundy, the tastevin was essential for judging the maturity of wine in cellars lit only by candles. The tastevin's indentations, and its shiny, convex bottom, reflected even dim candle light throughout the cup and allowed the winemaker to examine the liquid's characteristics. The tastevin is typically attached to a ribbon or chain and worn around the neck
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Object Name
tasting cup with ribbon
wine tasting cup with ribbon
wine tasting cup with ribbon
Physical Description
red (neck piece color)
silver (cup material)
ribbon (neck piece material)
green, yellow (neck piece color)
cup: 1 in x 3 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 8.255 cm
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Tastevin (Wine Tasting Cup)
Credit Line
Gift of Miljenko Grgich

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