Good quality wine such as Burgundy or Bordeaux can be found in a variety of bottle sizes that are not widely advertised. While they may not be recognized by many consumers, most wine enthusiasts are familiar with these different wine bottle sizes. When thinking about large bottles of champagne, the size that comes to mind most often is a Magnum. While it is probably the most well-known, some bottles are much larger. There are also smaller bottles that hold between eight and twelve ounces of wine.
Wine bottle sizes range from one half, to twenty bottles, and there are some sizes that hold less than a bottle. Depending on the region, bottles of the same size may be have two different names. Many of these large wine bottle sizes have the names of kings like Jeroboam, Methuselah, Shalmanazar, and Nebuchadnezzar. The Jeroboam holds four bottles, there are eight bottles in Methuselah, Shalmanazar is twelve, and the hefty Nebuchadnezzar is the largest legal bottle size, it holds twenty bottles of wine or champagne. Smaller sizes that hold one, two, or three bottles are also available.
Along with these large-scale versions, small wine bottle sizes can be seen at wine tastings, on airplanes, festivals, and private parties or family dinners. Both red and white wine can be found in these small sizes that usually hold one or two servings. Some other sizes include the Double Magnum, which holds four bottles, the eight bottle Imperial, and the Split only holds one-quarter of a bottle. Some other wine bottle sizes such as Marie-Jeanne are named according to their region. The Marie-Jeanne holds three bottles of wine. With the different size bottles available, you can easily find the best size for your occasion.
Large wine bottle sizes are often on display in speciality wine shops, wineries, bars, and restaurants. Those who are interested in the various size of wine bottles can find a vast amount of information, references, and resources on the Internet. These informative websites can show you the names of different wine bottle sizes, and how much each one holds in bottles or liters. There are careful descriptions of the region, how bottle names originated, and the types of wine or champagne that is bottled there. Wine bottle sizes and their names may differ from one region to the next, but each region offers an excellent selection of fine wines and champagne.