Is Bigger Better?

Posted By admin on Mar 19, 2015 in Wine Club |

Bigger and Bigger… large-format wine bottles
continue to attract attention.




Hi –

Big wine bottles are fetching some good dollars
at auctions, there are other advantages to the
larger format(s).

Even though they can be unwieldy to handle, slow
to mature and have to be consumed (for the most)
in a single sitting, their appeal lies partly
in their impressive size, and the fact that they
promise a longer and some say, better shelf life
and quality.

Because the ratio of wine to air volume increase
in direct relation to a bottle’s size, the
likelihood of premature oxidation in these
formats diminishes proportional. Hence,
collectors report that the instance of corked
Jeroboams or Imperials is significantly less

Also, the denser glass helps prevents fluctuation
in temperature and stabilizes any UV interference.

As far as serving the Magnum, it’s the perfect
choice when you have another couple for dinner.

The Imperial works great for delivering the
equivalent of one-half of a bottle for each of
a crowd of six-teen folks. And besides, when
these big bottles are being poured,
people take note!

Size Matters:
Magnum = 1.5 Liter (one-up a standard 750ml)
Double Magnum = 3 Liter
Jeroboam = 3 Liter (Burgundy & Champagne)
Imperial = 6 Liter
Methuselah = 6 Liter (Burgundy and Champagne)
Salmanazar = 9 Liter Champagne
Balthazar 12 Liter Champagne
Nebuchadnezzar 15 Liter Champagne

Not to long ago the Worlds record height holder
by Beringer that was about 5 feet tall…

As of this blog post.. The largest bottle of wine
is now 4.17 m (13 ft 8.17 in) tall, 1.21 m
(3 ft 11.63 in) in diameter and was filled with
3,094 litres (650.58 UK gal, 817.34 US gal)
of wine, achieved by André Vogel (Switzerland)
as measured in Lyssach, Switzerland, on 20
October 2014.

See you in a couple of weeks… In the meantime,
enjoy your wines!

Brad Caskey
Durango Liquor & Wine

1145 S Camino Del Rio # 101 (next to Walmart)
Durango, CO 81303