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Wine Wisdoms #52: What is a Tastevin?

Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 3:33:35 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

A Tastevin is a silver wine-tasting cup that hangsTastevin from a chain, like a necklace. Tastevins were originally used in dark wine caves in Burgundy. The dimples at the bottom of the tastevin caused light to reflect in the wine so the winemaker could assess clarity.

Though typically considered to be an old-fashioned style, some sommeliers still wear them, though they serve little purpose.

Wine Wisdoms #10: Are Reserve Wines Important?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 6:48:25 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Unlike old-world countries like France and Italy which have levels of designation which are enforced by the government (AOC/DOC), new-world wineries build their reputation on perceived quality by the consumer. As a result, many wineries use the term “Reserve” to denote special bottlings made from top grapes/vineyards or wines made in a different style than their other labels. The term “Reserve” is not regulated, so it is up to the winery’s discretion. As a result, a “Reserve” wine can be a quality wine, or it can be a clunker. A low level winery can produce a “Reserve” wine if it’s better than their other wines, but it’s not necessarily a great wine because the term “Reserve” is used.

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