Maybe you have seen a group of people out at a bar or restaurant with a porrón and thought “what is that?” or maybe you are an expert with the porrón. Either way, we are here to tell you a bit more about the porrón (pronounced “pour-OHN”), a Spanish drinking vessel that is very popular in the region of Catalonia.
Good wine is always better with good friends – and thanks to the porrón, you can share a bottle safely!
What You Need to Know About the Porrón
It’s safe for sharing
The container doesn’t come into direct contact with the lips or mouth which is key in the age of social distancing and with a new emphasis on hygiene, the porrón is a no-brainer; it’s basically a wine decanter used for enjoying Spanish varietals like Sangre de Toro without ever touching the lips – making it ideal for sharing without the fear of passing germs.
Made from carefully selected vineyards, Sangre de Toro wine has stayed true to its incomparable personality since the first vintage in 1954. With a dark cherry red color, from exquisite red strawberries, and notes of spicy black pepper, Sangre de Toro is warm and firm on the palate, with a delicate acidity.
It can be used for decanting, too
While the porrón is no doubt most often used for drinking wine, it can also be used to decant wine and generally holds a 750 mL bottle. Thanks to the way it’s designed, the porrón allows for additional contact with air which helps the wine inside stay fresh and ready to drink.
It’s got a unique design
An ingenious hybrid of a horn paired with a wine bottle, the porrón was first used sometime between the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th century. While many have been replaced with drinking glasses, they have been making a comeback in recent years.
Using one is an art
Sure, you can pick up a porrón and try drinking out of it but it’s best to first master some basics about how to use the porrón. While many strive to lift the porrón as high as possible, with a thin, steady stream of wine, start slowly; otherwise, you might have to get used to some shirts stained with red wine
How to use the Porrón properly:
- Pour the Sangre de Toro wine into the opening at the top; don’t reseal the opening.
- Bring the tip of the porrón close to your mouth. Tip it, gradually, until the stream flows into your mouth.
- Raise your elbow, and the porrón, little by little – as high as you dare!
- For experts only: Extend your arm completely to achieve a spectacularly thin, amazingly high stream.
- With a quick clean movement of the wrist, cut the stream and pass the porrón!
And now that you know how to use it, Sangre de Toro is giving away Porrón for you to have some fun taking the Spanish way of wine to the next level. Sangre de Toro wine is ideal for meeting some friends for some drinks and food and improvised family meetings alike. It’s all about enjoying the small pleasures of life.
Do you want to get your very own Porrón? It’s easy!
Follow @sangredetoro and tell us in the comments in this post with what 3 friends you would like to drink Sangre de Toro from the porrón with.
Give away is open until May 29th when Sangre de Toro will choose 50 winners to send a glass porrón. No purchase necessary and must be over 25 years of age and live in the continental United States to enter.
Follow along at @sangredetoro to share all the fun you are having with your porrón!
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