wine thief

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Wine Thief
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.

Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.

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What is a wine thief?