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In the world of wine, what is a snipe?

A. A small bottle of wine holding 187 milliliters

B. A tool that can be inserted into barrels of sweet wines to draw out a sample

C. A device inserted near the roots of vines to measure water availability

D. A round object that can be inserted into hoses to clean them

A.

Also known as a piccolo or split, a snipe is a quarter-bottle of wine (187 milliliters). It’s smaller obviously than a demi or half, which is a half-bottle (375 milliliters). In parts of Great Britain, a favorite late afternoon pick-me-up is a “snipe of Champagne and a scone.”

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