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Vintage Port Tongs / Opener


£129.00 incl. VAT

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1 in stock Code: 4356S

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  • Length: 560mm
  • Ring Diameter: 35mm
  • Handmade in the UK

Heated tongs are thought to be the best means of opening old bottles of vintage port.

About the Vintage Port Tongs

They enable the neck of the bottle and the cork to be removed intact, thus eliminating the possibility of the cork crumbling and spoiling the wine. They also cause little disturbance to the bottle and also, therefore, to any sediment.

The tongs are still iron with a burnished finish with polished wood handles (oak), which are finished in steel. Port tongs are easy to use. Place the jaws in an open fire or over the alighted gas ring and warm to red heat. (You can use a camping gas stove for this process). At the same time, place a feather or piece of cloth in water to soak.

Stand the bottle to be opened in an upright position. When the tongs are ready, remove them from the heat and use them to grip the bottle's neck for about 30 seconds, rotating the tongs slowly back and forth about the neck by approximately a quarter of a turn.

The tongs are then removed, and a wet feather or corner of a damp cloth wiped across the neck along the line where the tongs touched. The thermal shock will cause the bottle's neck to break cleanly across, allowing it to be removed. Decanting can then proceed as normal.

Please Note: Due to the nature of the wooden handles, the colour may change slightly from the image shown.



Bonkersly bonkers.

Wineware are probably the only place in the known universe from whom you can buy as bonkers a product as this. 200 years ago they made sense, when… oh I can't be bothered to explain, just google it. Anyhoo I bought a pair and used them in anger. People got hurt, much wine was lost, it was an appalling shambles, but also immense fun. God Bless Wineware for enabling wine geeks to behave stupidly and making the world a slightly more delightful place.

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