Master Sommelier Demonstrates How to Open a Bottle of Vintage Port With a Feather

Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn demonstrates how to open a bottle of vintage port wine with a feather, port tongs and a bit of ice water.

Why would we want to do something like that? Well, with the old vintage bottles of port, maybe something that’s fifty, sixty or a hundred-years-old, what happens is that the cork over time starts to degrade, starts to crumble and if we attempt to use our corkscrew on that, it’s going to fall apart, it’s going to get into the Port and it’s going to make a bit of a mess.

Sommelier Caleb Ganzer from Eleven Madison Park demonstrates a similar process, using a shaving brush in place of the feather.

Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, explains to Potluck Video the process by which Port is made, the numerous pairings with Port and the various types of Port available.

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