Photo of the Day Do you know what this is? 11 Comments By Christine Humphrey Christine Humphrey You Might Also Like A Star in Paso Robles 11 March, 2013 Photos of the Day 24 July, 2012 The Sunday Market in Lyon, France 11 August, 2012 Darwin Foye 13 July, 2012 at 11:08 How big is it? What is the “scale”? Perhaps it’s a gardening tool, or a giant injector for cattle medicine? Christine Humphrey 13 July, 2012 at 11:17 It’s about 4 feet long…It is wine related. Steve Hagata 13 July, 2012 at 14:46 I believe it is a means for injecting anti-phylloxera chemicals into the soil. Christine Humphrey 13 July, 2012 at 14:58 That crossed my mind when I first saw it. I’m still not sold on the tire-bouchon response. Terry Graue 13 July, 2012 at 11:19 Would the vinter use it to take samples out of the barrels? Christine Humphrey 13 July, 2012 at 11:30 You’re on the right track… Linda 13 July, 2012 at 11:52 looks like a cork puller Christine Humphrey 13 July, 2012 at 12:15 We have a winner! When I asked the winery what it was, I was told an antique “Tire-Bouchon”, which is the French term for corkscrew or cork pull. There was no hole on the end for extraction. When I questioned why there was no “screw” per se, I was told politely. “Yes, Madame, it is a tire-bouchon!” Steve Hagata 13 July, 2012 at 14:48 Ooops-Should have read further. Cathy Henton 15 July, 2012 at 04:33 I think Steve is right on this one Christine. It’s a syringe used to inject Carbon bisulphide into the vineyards during the Phylloxera crisis. Was it at Chateau Villeneuve? Christine Humphrey 15 July, 2012 at 09:43 I agree. I think so too. Yes, it was. I went back through my photos as it was not on the schedule.