If you know anything about wine, then you know how varied the different aspects of making up a good bottle of wine can be. There is a span of vantage points to check the amount of how many ounces are in a bottle of wine. It is part of the very basics that you need to know.
The 750ml bottle is the standard we’re all accustomed to. One such bottle of wine would translate to 25.4 ounces. If you are a non-metric wine lover, then this makes up 1.5 pints or just above the three-quarter mark if we are talking quarts. To put it in perspective, this would be about two 12-ounce soda cans.
Sizes for Wine Bottles
The wine didn’t always come in one size of the bottle. Wine producers began to shift to the glass bottle in the 17th century, with the first recorded use of a glass bottle for wine storage coming from the Romans. The bottle size then would be dictated by the glass blower’s ability to blow the bottle into a particular size. As the story goes, the Romans chose to shift to the glass bottle because the amphora used at the time proved to be impractical. These would weigh over 218 pounds after they were filled with wine and this made it hard to serve the wine to glasses.
Ever wonder how wine tasted back in those Roman times? Well, read up on “How to Tell if Wine is Bad?” to compare.
Different Wine Bottles and the Amount of Wine They Hold
While most of us are used to the standard 750ml wine bottle, you may know that modern wine bottles come in different sizes, depending on the brand and type of wine. Here is a rundown of all the bottles you are likely to encounter as you shop for wine;
- Aluminum Cans– same size as the American beer can: 354ml (12oz)
- Magnum – equal to two standard bottles: 1500ml (16.09oz)
- Split/Half/Demi: 375ml (12.07oz)
- Quarter – also referred to as a Split or Piccolo in Champagne: 187ml (6.03oz)
- Sweet Wines: 500ml (16.09oz) slightly higher than the standard bottles.
- Double-Magnum or Jeroboam – totals 4 standard bottles which is typically the quantity contained in box wines: 3L (100oz)
- Rehoboam – mostly for Champagne: 4.5L (152oz)
- Imperial – comes in bottles in the Bordeaux shape: 6L (2030oz)
Apart from this list, there are many other wine bottles holding between 9 and 30 liters. The 30L bottle, which is the largest, equals 1,014oz and is known as a Melchizedek among wine professionals.
The Weight of a Wine Bottle
On average, a full bottle of wine would typically weigh 2.65 pounds. You can take it a bit further by learning about the weight of wine grapes contained in the bottle. For a standard 750ml wine bottle, this would be 1.65 pounds of grapes. A case contains 12 bottles of wine, which weighs anything between 30 and 40 pounds. Wine manufacturers use different types of bottles for specific brands. Some of the heaviest bottles take up about half the weight of the bottle including the wine.
Read up on “How Many Bottles in a Case of Wine?” to see the variety you can choose from to mix into your cases of wine.
Bottle Sizes You May Not Be Used To
You may already have guessed that we are mainly talking about larger sized wine bottles in this case. There are a number of peculiar bottle sizes that you should know about.
- 100ml (3.3oz); used by some wine clubs to send trial samples of their wines.
- 310ml (10.5oz); one among the bottle quantities for Jura Vin Jaune bottles from France.
- 500ml (16.9oz); used by Italian winemaker Stanko Radikon of the Friulian rock-star wine type for a bottle suitable for a single person’s dinner.
- 620ml (21oz); the second type of Jura Vin Jaune, a French classic in wine bottling
- 1000ml (33.8oz); Stanko Radikon’s perfect measurement for wine meant for two people to use while dining
The 570ml (20oz) bottle specially made for Winston Churchill is arguably the most unique size of a wine bottle there is. The famous Second World War English leader considered this the perfect size you could use for breakfast servings. In case you need perspective for this unique kind of breakfast bottle of wine, then you should know that we generally use about 8 ounces of juice for breakfast.
Bottle Shapes and How They Affect the Amount of Wine
If we are talking the standard wine bottle, then it should weigh the same despite the shape. Some of the common shapes we have may seem to defeat this logic. Take Alsatian, Bordelais, or Burgundian bottles for instance. They all look so unique yet you would be surprised to find that they hold the same amount of liquid in them. This also applies to Sommelier bottles that may look like they are much bigger than the regular bottle.
Some of the Common Bottle Shapes You Should Be Familiar
- The Burgundy bottle; commonly used for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rhône, and Syrah blends. It is also the type of bottle used for the Spanish Tempranillo, which applies a more elegantly styled bottle.
- The Alsace flute; this is mostly the choice of a bottle for wineries known for making heavily scented white wine varieties, and is used for both dry and off-dry types.
- The Bordeaux bottle; used for any other wine including white and red varieties. It is the type of bottle to hold the boldly matured wines.
There are some other stylish bottles that hold the same amount of drink. One prime example would be the Domaine Ott rosé variety of bottles. These originate from France. Despite the size, you should keep in mind that the weight is the same for all standard bottles although some may be easier to store thanks to their unique shape.
By now, you know what the normal bottle of wine holds. Even so, it does not hurt to try something off-format. The larger format is especially preferred by most people because it does look impressive to serve whatever type of liquor you have in a bottle larger than normal. Popular culture has also made these larger bottles a well-known symbol of affluence. The ordinary wine lover is better off getting the normal bottle as the larger bottle may come with a significantly higher price tag.
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