Have you ever stopped to notice how many bottle shape, sizes and colors there were? Or wondered why there’s so many different styles? In this newsletter we’re going to touch on bottles and why we use the ones we do. First let’s talk about the 3 most common ones, the ones you see here. They are known as the traditional bottles which are Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Mosel/Alsation; named after their respective wine regions. Appropriately so, here at SFV the varietal from that region would then go into the matching bottle.
- Pinot Noir
- Syrah (Rhone style)
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Gris
Bottle colors SFV uses are Flint, Dead Leaf Green and Antique Green. Darker colors like amber and dark green are used to prevent wines from being light-stuck and are commonly used on red wine or some whites while Rose is bottled in flint to help highlight the color and clarity.
Bottle sizes, did you know there are 17 different sizes? Smallest being the Split which is 1 glass and largest being the Midas which is 200 glasses. The bottle we are familiar with, would be the Standard which holds 5 glasses of wine.
Wine bottles can also come in different weights and closures. In general a heavier bottle and cork would show you this is a more premium wine where as a lighter bottle and screw top would be a cheaper wine. There is so many more details and information on bottles, if you would like more information let us know and we can hold a class with Rene Brons, Winemaker, to go over these details.
-Jordan Brons, SFV Marketing