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What is a Tastevin ?

Tastevin is pronounced "tattvin".

What is its origin?


The tastevin is the old tasting-cup used by tasters and wine-producers. According to a custom going back to the 15th or 16th century, it is given as a christening present, for it is a tool rather than an "objet d'art" and people of Burgundy keep it in their pocket.
An essential utensil for winegrowers and wine tasters, the tâtevin (tâter = to taste) is the time-hallmark wine tasting cup. This cup, in solid silver or silver-plated, has a raised design so that the appearance and colour of the wines, especially the reds, can be appreciated. The concavities bring out the ruby-red reflections. Sometimes, the cups have ripples and flutings, in which case the reflections take on a deeper hue.
The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin has its own spelling of the word "tastevin". This conveys some local colour and at the same time established precedence; for this word, which is peculiar to the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin is officially registered and can thus be protected as necessary in France and throughout the world.
"Tastevin", "Tastevinage", "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" are in no sense common words. Moreover, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin is in the Larousse Dictionary, which gives its aim: " To magnify wine at its noblest ".
Finally, never use a tâtevin as an ashtray!

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