Norvegia Bowl / Tastevin (double handled) - 13.5 cm Diameter - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter
This modestly-sized pewter bowl is cleverly aged by Italian craftsmen from solid pewter, to create an interesting vessel in the style of a classic tastevin wine tasting dish - shallow, with handles, for swirling and sipping with a Scandinavian twist. The Norvegia style is reminiscent of the Viking age, when drinking was a popular past-time - what else was there to do during those long dark winters?
The drinking of alcohol was particularly important to Norse religious festivals, and several rituals associated with drinking developed, including offering toasts, or fulls, for victories. Although ale ( öl in Old Norse) and beer (or björr ) was the standard fare, they did make a form of mead wine, made from fermented honey, with bog cranberry, lingonberry, bog myrtle, yarrow, juniper and birch tree resin, rather than grapes, which were not naturally grown at such high latitudes, although sometimes wine was imported from Southern or Central Europe. This form of wine was especially important for toasting, notably out of an animal horn - cattle and goat - with metal adornments and decoration, only a few of which, unfortunately, have managed to be unearthed and preserved by archaeologists.
Today, in Scandinavia, although not world renowned for its wine-making, it is possible to grow hardy varieties of grapes on sheltered southerly aspects, and traditional glögg is an iconic Scandinavian drink, made from red wine, creating a delicious mulled wine.
Of course, this little dish is not restricted to wine tasting, it is useful as an individual bowl for snacks and nibbles, side dishes and berries, and looks great hanging on a hook on a shelf, kitchen wall or dresser.
Size: Diameter 13.5 cm
Weight: 320 g
Materials Used: Pewter
Designers: Enrico Cosi & Sergio Tabellini
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