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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.
Fortunately, the days of the sneering older man with a silver "tastevin" hanging from his neck are gone.
I know that I was not born with a tastevin in my mouth.
No longer does the haughty sommelier at Le Grand Restaurant Francais glare down his well-trained nose and impatiently finger his tastevin as he debates how to intimidate you into buying a more expensive wine--that is, ahem, persuade Monsieur to make a better choice.
He says that French cuisine was stuck with the image of "something too heavy and too formal - the idea of the sommelier with his tastevin on a big chain," but has now shaken it off.
(It's better to flag down Mr. Ferris, the tall American in the dining room with the tastevin necklace over his suit: smart in his bling.)