Wine and Champagne available in different sizes of bottle. The most common is the bottle, that is 75 cl or 750 ml, but also bottles of 187 ml, 375 ml, 500 ml, 1 liter and 1.5 liter are relatively common. Only a minimal fraction of total world wine production is sold in wine size bottles larger than 1.5 liters.
For spirits refers bottle now usually 70 ounces (700 ml). Nicknames such as “whole” or ” all-tube “also occurs at this bottle size. Bottle of liquor in 750 ml, the same as for wine, occurred before, but is now rare. Half Bottles of spirits are usually about 350 ml. Bottle sizes as 200 ml, 250 ml and 500 ml are also present.
Wine bottles sizes can come in lots of different sizes. Although the most common we see is the WHOLE BOTTLE and magnum. In order to sort it out, so we list here the different bottle sizes that are traditionally available and how much they contain. Then there are of course the largest wine bottle as the world has so far seen. The bottle was manufactured in the Czech Republic on behalf of the American steakhouse Morton’s to celebrate the restaurant chain’s 25th anniversary. “Maximus” bottle with contents, Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 wine contains the same 173 regular bottles of wine and is 1.38 meters high.
It is claimed that the bottle size affects the wine’s development. The volume does not matter that much, but the relationship between the wine’s volume and the diameter of the bottle neck is of great importance. The amount of air reaching the wine through the cork is greater the wider the bottle neck is wider and the cap is. The smaller the bottle neck is in proportion to the bottle volume, the less the wine breathe and the slower it matures.
Magnum is considered the optimum size for storing bottled wines. Mainly red wines achieve a higher quality if allowed to mature slowly. Although Double Magnum is an even better bottle to store in
HISTORY OF WINE BOTTLE SIZES
Although pottery, wood, metal, and leather have been the most common bottle materials throughout most of history, the art of making glass bottles is also old.
The Egyptians made small molds of clay or earth, then coiled threads of molten glass around them. The glass threads were often of contrasting colors, and intricate patterns were worked into the surface. Egyptian techniques were continued by North African glassmakers and by the Greeks, but it was the discovery of glassblowing, about 50 B.C., that first allowed widespread use of glass as a bottle material. Bottles could now be blown directly by hand and without a mold, or in a mold that shaped only the bottom half of the bottle. The upper parts of the bottle, including the neck and shoulder, were formed while the glass was still hot and soft by applying a shaping tool to the bottle as it rotated. After cork stoppers came into use in the 17th century, glass became the most widely used substance for bottles.
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As the demand for wine glass bottles increased in the 19th century, more rapid means of production were sought. Entire bottles were blown into hinged molds, which could be opened for bottle removal. The first practical machines for blowing bottles were developed at the beginning of the 20th century.
DIFFERENT SIZES OF WINE BOTTLES
No one seems to know why the wine bottle sizes are named after biblical kings, but it is believed that the Jews were the first to both manufactured and traded with glass bottles and, therefore, gave bottles names from the Old Testament.
|HALF-BOTTLE||= 0.375 liters, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port|
|PINT||= 0.5 liters, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port|
|Imperial pint||= 0.568 liters, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port|
|WHOLE BOTTLE||Cl = 0.75, a bottle, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne
|Liter||= 1 liter, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port|
|Magnum||= 1.5 liters, 2 bottle, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne
|Marie-Jeanne||= 2.5 liters, Bordeaux|
|Double Magnum||= 3 liters, 4 bottle, Bordeaux and Port|
|Jeroboam||= 5 liters, Bordeaux until 1978. Burgundy and Champagne
|Rehoboam||= 4.5 liters, 6 bottle, Champagne|
|Imperial||= 6 liters, 8 bottle, Bordeaux|
|Methuselah||= 6 liters, 8 bottle, Burgundy and Champagne|
|Salama Azar||= 9 l, 12 bottle, Bordeaux and Champagne|
|Balthazar||= 12 liters, 16 bottle, Bordeaux and Champagne|
|Nebuchadnesar||= 15 liters, 20 bottle, Bordeaux and Champagne|
|Melchoir||= 18 liters, 24 bottle, Bordeaux and Champagne|
|“Maximus”||= 230 liters, 173 bottle|
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