So I have been on a "quest" for sometime to get old school port tongs (not the wire type but original style metal tongs) Found one place that sold it in Europe for a hefty price with an even heftier shipping charge.
On a complete lark, I went to a wine distributor website who I knew imported lots of Portuguese wines especially Port. Got the name/number of person responsible for that region. Left a nice voice-mail for them about how I have been buying the wines they import for years, know there salespeople from tastings,wine events on the island and dropped a few other clues to show them I was serious about wines. I then asked if they could assist me in procuring said tongs and pretty much forgot about the voicemail.
2 weeks ago got a return call out of the blue, they put a set of tongs in a cargo container on a ship destined for New York and should be here sometime in September or October.
I am planning/hoping of being able to pick up tongs at their offices so I can bring a nice bottle of vintage port to try out the tongs and share the wine.