- tall-skinny (white wine);
- high-shouldered (heavy-duty, red wine); and,
- curvey-low shouldered (lighter-duty, red wine).
Historically, economics and the type of wine stored in the bottle dictated these basic shapes:
- The tall-skinny bottles are lighter in weight and more compact. Why? Trade routes along the Rhine River were, for the most part, gentle voyages, and the compact bottles were easy to stow. They also have a flat bottom.
- The high- and curvey- shouldered bottles are strong and heavy to help survive less gentle trade routes, whether by land or or sea. These bottles have an indentation--called a "punt"--in the bottom.
- The high "shoulders" evolved to capture sediment produced by highly tannic wines.
Why 25 ounces? During the 1970s, the European Union began enforcing standardization of all bottles in the 1970s. The Oxford Companion suggests that the "standard" size was the average lungful of air required for a human to blow a wine bottle manually.
Pretty interesting stuff, no?
Even more interesting to The Motley Monk are the different sizes of champagne bottles which he first learned about when he was a younster from his father who had studied oenology in Europe as part of his job.
- The Jeroboam is named after the first king of the Northern Kingdom.
- The Rehoboam is named after the first king of the separate state of Judea.
- The Methuselah is named after the oldest living man.
- The Salmanazar is named after the King of Assyria.
- The Balthazar is named after one of the three Wise Men who presented gifts to the infant Jesus at his nativity.
- The Nebuchadnezzar is named after the King of Babylon.
Holding 20 bottles of champagne, the Nebuchadnezzar certainly is the King of Champagne Bottles!
Let the discussion begin...
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