PORT TONGS - LE SOMM 限定版
．侍酒師火鉗 Port Tongs(自選編號) x1
The Port Tongs, also known as Port Wine Tongs, are a unique method of opening bottles. They originated in 18th century England, where Port Wine was highly favored, especially among affluent individuals who enjoyed collecting vintage Port wines. However, due to the high alcohol and sweetness content of Port Wine, the corks were prone to becoming brittle over extended periods of storage. Using conventional bottle openers often resulted in cork breakage. Hence, Port Tongs were introduced. These tongs consist of heated metal with a pair of semi-circular ends, allowing for the direct cutting of the glass bottle neck without disturbing the cork.
The opening process involves heating the metal ends until they are red-hot, placing them around the neck of the wine bottle for a few minutes, and then covering it with a cold ice brush or cloth. The sudden extreme temperature change causes the glass bottle neck to cleanly and smoothly crack with a gentle clinking sound.
This method of opening has a profound sense of ceremony, instantly transporting guests back to the dining experiences of the European upper class in the 18th century, even when the wine being opened is not an over-century-old vintage Port.
PORT TONGS - LE SOMM Limited Edition
LE SOMM, a professional wine consulting brand, searched for traditional Port Tongs in Portugal and the UK but found that many European Port Tongs had imperfect metal curve design and poor usability. Eventually, they discovered a Taiwanese blacksmith with over a century of experience in ironwork, who specializes in crafting exquisite Port Tongs for sommeliers and seasoned wine enthusiasts, enhancing the drinking experience for restaurant customers.
Port Tongs for Sommeliers (with a selected number) x1
Wine-red embroidered velvet cloth cover x1
Each handmade Port Tongs comes with an individual number and is carefully protected by a wine-red embroidered velvet cloth cover.
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