Port Tongs

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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port tongs, rare instrument for opening a bottle of vintage port so old that the cork is likely to crumble under the impact of a corkscrew. The specially shaped tongs are heated in a flame and applied to the neck of the bottle, which is then immediately cooled with a cold, damp cloth. The sudden temperature change should result in a clean break. Tongs can be used on other venerable bottles.