by Peter Bruce Harmond
(Tenterfield NSW 2372)
Peter Says A friend of mine recently told me that you can tell a good wine by the bottle it comes in. He said winemakers don't put ordinary wines in bottles that are recessed at the bottom.
I checked my "cellar' and found that some wines are in bottles with a recess at the bottom and others are in bottles with a flat bottom. Is there any truth in this theory?
Tenterfield NSW 2372
The shape of wine bottles has evolved from the amphora of Ancient Greece to a large number of styles in use today. About the only standard throughout the world is that wine is usually sold in 750ml bottles.
The shape and weight of the bottle is more to do with fashion and marketing than any practical reason. The recess on the bottom of the bottle is called a punt and some people believe it is an indicator of quality.
It depends on your attitude to wine. If you want to be seen as a successful person you may be more interested in expensive packaging. I prefer to drink good wine regardless of its package.
This question came up in Vinodiversity a couple of years ago and you can see the discussion at Wine bottle base hole denoting wine quality
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