BOTTLE SIZES EXPLAINED

bottelsWe all know what a magnum is … kind of. A huge bottle of wine, right? To be precise, a magnum is a wine bottle holding 1.5 litres. Large wine bottles are all named after biblical kings, interestingly enough, though we can’t find an explanation as to why. Here is the list:

187.5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.

375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size.

750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.

1.5 L Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.

3.0 L Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.

4.5 L Jeroboam (still wine): Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.

6.0 L Imperial: Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums. In sparkling wines this volume is referred to as a Methuselah.

9.0 L Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!

12.0 L Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.

15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.

(Source: http://www.wrathofgrapes.com/bottles.html)

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