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PORRO wine pitcher, Bengt Orup (Johanfors, 1952)

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I didn't realized I hadn't post anything at CW for the last 11 days... In my defense I have to say I am being pretty busy lately with a course I'm studying now. The only bad thing about it is that I must commute for two hours in every direction everyday. What makes every commuting second being worth it is that the course is great, I am making some great friends there and that the course takes place in Miraflores de la Sierra, one of the most beautiful villages in the mountains in Northern Madrid.

    I have chosen this item today because of a comment Bellin just made about a Bertil Vallien design I posted one year ago which was inspired by the same traditional Spanish design ( ).

    Bengt Orup designed this PORRO pitcher in 1952, the very same year he started working for Johansfors, and it is clearly inspired by the traditional Spanish “porrón”, which is used to pour the wine (usually red wine) straight into the drinker’s mouth, but he changed the traditional shape into one that seems to be absolutely accurate to its function while adopting a very modern and geometric look. There is no doubt Orup knew about the porrón during a journey in Spain, (and I’d even dare to say in Catalonia, where it is called “porró”).

    To drink from a porrón, a beginner starts by bringing the spout very close to his mouth and tilts it forward slowly so the beak points towards the teeth. Once the liquid starts coming out, the porró is pulled away from the face while the drinker looks up. To finish drinking, a beginner lowers the porrón and brings it back down and closer to the mouth again before stopping, quickly tilting the spout up at the last moment so there is no spillage. A regular user can start and stop drinking from the porrón with the spout held at a distance without spilling a drop.

    PS: I have included the same picture in the mentioned post as it is very illustrative of hw to use a porrón.

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    1. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      I'm glad you included a picture as I really thought you were showing us a fancy bong! I was like "what the heck is Austro doing"?? Gotta keep that type of thing on the down low!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks Amber, LLL and vet for your loves!!!

      Did you realize that mi PORRO is different from the one in the picture, although it's the same thing. I love to see it was absolutely handblown, with no mould involved at all!
    3. nldionne nldionne, 9 years ago
      They use these on Cozumel. People blow in one end and shoot wine to someone brave enough to try it.
    4. nldionne nldionne, 9 years ago
      I brought one home with me. They were a lot of fun after a little tequila.
    5. rebessin rebessin, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the post and the information about porro drinking!
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Haha, I had never heard of that blowing use they made of it in Cozumel, but it sure must be fun after some tequila shots!!!

      Thanks rebessin for the comment!
    7. bracken3 bracken3, 8 years ago
      Thanks for reposting. I have seen these before and never new what they were.
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks Bracken. Of course it's difficult to know what they are when seen from any place other than Spain, as they belong to a very specific part of Spanish tradition.

      I guess they must also be used somewhere in Mexico, Central or SouthAmerica, but at least they're not called by the same name (I've just found out that whereas the world PORRÓN means this kind of beaker in Spain, from México to Argentina it means a big (more than 5 liters) plastic caraffe (what in Spain is called a GARRAFA).
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      I see you're really catching up with my decanters ;) Thanks for your interest AGH!
    10. aghcollect aghcollect, 8 years ago
      Yes austrohungaro - you have a wonderful collection that certainly deserves more respect. - I will be back again.
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks AGH! :$ you'll make me blush :)
      I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

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