Drinking Vessels

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Before the development of glass-making enabled the production of glasses (the most common modern wine drinking vessels), a wide variety of drinking vessels were used for wine. Pottery cups were commonplace, and goblets made of a variety of metals, but even earlier than this wine was sucked through a reed, either from a bowl such as a crater, or possibly from a hollowed-out gourd or similar vessel provided by Nature. See Ancient egypt, india, and armenia.


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  2. Butler, R., Great British Wine Accessories 1550–1900 (Sudbury, Suffolk, 2009).
  3. Seddon, G. B., The Jacobites and their Drinking Glasses (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995).