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Caña

Name for a narrow, tall, cylindrical wine goblet used in Andalusia, Spain, from which manzanilla (a variant of sherry) is traditionally drunk. The word means bamboo and is probably derived from the special Venencia (scoop cup) used here, whose stem is made of this wood (instead of whalebone or silver as in Jerez). It is possible that the term refers to the tavern custom "cantar a las cañas (de vino)", which means "singing to the wine glasses". The Caña is also a Spanish song form (Palo) of flamenco. In this context the name is said to derive from the use of bamboo canes as percussion instruments, which are used like castanets. The typical sherry glass on the other hand is called Catavino. See also under wine vessels and wine glasses.

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