Uzi wanted a wine thief for Christmas. A fancy hand-blown glass wine thief to replace the plastic one he’s had for the last six years. The theory is that if wine tastes better in a fancy wine glass, like a Reidel, maybe it will also taste better from a classy glass thief.
Ever tried to track down a wine thief? Conjures up images of empty wine bottles strewn along a trail of red footprints, doesn’t it? No, a wine thief is a tool used to draw out small amounts of wine from a barrel for tasting. Lucky for me there happens to be a Berkeley business that makes hand-blown glass objects and tools for labs…including wine thieves.
Regarding his theory, the glass wine thief may not affect the flavors and aromas of the wine like the shape of a wine glass will do, but it does enhance the barrel sampling process: it shows off the color of the wine and it just looks great. Uzi shall never have to taste a barrel-drawn sample of our wine from a plastic utensil again. Just don’t drop it on the concrete floor!