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  • n. A small, shallow cup or saucer with a reflective surface, traditionally used by winemakers and sommeliers when judging the maturity and taste of a wine.


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  • According to my very funny brother - sung to the tune "The First Cut is the Deepest:" "The first sip is the sweetest..."

    July 9, 2010

  • Very interesting article. I think that if you are worried that a sommelier has drunk a bit of your very expensive wine, it's probably because you couldn't afford it in the first place... I've forwarded to my brother, a sommelier. I'm curious to hear his take on the subject.

    July 8, 2010

  • “Ah, the tastevin, the shallow silver cup that today largely evokes the image of the supercilious sommelier.”

    The New York Times, When the First Sip Is the Sommelier’s, Not Yours, by Eric Asimov, July 6, 2010

    July 8, 2010

  • Apparently the term is an earlier form of the French tâte-vin, "wine taster." I'm presuming the name of the object came directly from that meaning, and it (the term and the occupation) originated in Burgundy. Does that help?

    October 10, 2008

  • Presumably of French origin...? (the term, not the object; I'm guessing the object is clearly of French origin... or perhaps Italian...)

    October 9, 2008

  • Also one of these handy devices. More here.

    October 9, 2008

  • Wine taster. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008