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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, World Sherry Day, How To Start You Wine Book Project, Wine Blog Awards?

It is Meritage Time, and Meritage posts are back!

Let’s start from the answer to the wine quiz #56, What is it? In the quiz, you had a picture of wine-related object, and you were supposed to identify what is it and how it should be used. Here is the picture which was presented to you:

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And here is the answer, in the form of another picture:

Port Thongs display at Sandeman

Port Tongs Display at Sandeman

The object is called port tongs, and they are used to open a bottle of vintage port or any old wine without fighting with the cork. The way to use it is this: you heat up the tongs until red hot, put it around the neck of the bottle underneath of the cork, hold it for some time, then remove and use cube of ice to go around the heated up circle – the glass cracks cleanly and can be removed now.

I really wanted to have such a device, ever since I read the post about old Rioja wines in PJ Wine blog – and now I do. I’m not sure how often or even when am I going to use this device, but – now I can if I want to (freedom is everything, right?)

I’m glad to say that we have two winners – both waywardwine and thedrunkencyclist correctly identified Port tongs in the picture, and the drunkencyclist provided perfect description for how port tonging is done. Congratulations to our winners – both of them get unlimited bragging rights.

Now, to the interesting stuff around the web. First, the World Sherry Day will start on Monday. This is going to be one long day, as it starts on May 20th and lasts through May 26th, but hey, that means that you can drink more sherry during one day. Find the place near you to celebrate, or just grab a bottle and indulge on the beverage which might be easily hundreds years old, and still affordable at the same time. If you need a crash course in Sherry, here is the link to one of my posts (I also plan to talk about sherry in more details at some point in the near future).

Dreaming of writing the wine book, you think you got something to say and you think you can convince people to share your vision? Then take a look at this post by Wink Lorch, where she is talking about her successful fundraising project on Kickstarter for her Jura wine book.

Last interesting note for you  – if you remember, a while ago, many of us, wine bloggers, asked for your nomination for the Wine Blog Awards 2013 – and many of us got nominations, for which we profusely thank you, our readers. The interesting part is that the week of May 10 – 17 was designated as voting week for the public, after jury selects 5 finalist blogs for each category – here is the link to the rules for you. Today is May 15th, and it doesn’t look like finalist blogs had been selected and that public can vote on them. Oh well…

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. The glass is empty. Until the next time – cheers!

  1. PSsquared
    May 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

    That’s really interesting. You will have to post a video of yourself using the tongs. And I think I heard May 25th is National Wine Day. Cheers!

    • talkavino
      May 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion – I will see if I can make a video of that. I still need to figure out the right way to heat up the tongs…

      I didn’t know about National Wine Day – thank you. I drink the wine every day, so I have a challenge as to how exactly am I supposed to celebrate it : )

      • May 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        Great point Anatoli–similarly, I ride my bike to work every day so when ‘National Bike to Work Day’ rolls (pun intended) around, I am not quite sure what I am supposed to do….

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