Spanish Wine Porron: Look Ma! No Lips on My Glass!

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

For those of you who are borderline (or even mainline) phobic about sipping from drinking vessels that have been “sanitized” in public places–take heart! With a bit of practice you can bring along a personal glass porron and guzzle gaily to your heart’s content.

The Spanish inspired glass decanter has two openings: one for filling the vessel with preferably wine (or the concoction of your choice) and a smaller spout on the side that enables the imbiber to tilt and sip without ever touching the decanter to their pristine lips.

Originally designed to eliminate the need for multiple glasses while dining with large groups, the porron’s popularity in its place of origin, Spain, has waned. Most likely due to how messy things can be for first time users and amateurs. One can only imagine what a splash of sangria could do to a dress shirt or cocktail gown.

On the other hand, one could practice by the swimming pool with a crisp Pinot Grigio, or what the heck, a vessel filled with a rambunctious Margarita mix. After all, practice does make perfect-and it’s all about how you “por” it.