Shapes and Sizes
Years ago, wine producers created bottles that were unique to their growing area. The Bordeaux bottle shape was used to hold the wines that were produced in that region and the same is true of the Burgundy shape. The tall Hotch, or Alsace, shape was used in Germany. As wine spread throughout the world vintners continued the use of these shapes to market similar varietals. While there are many other shapes for unique or special wines, these three shapes in the 750 Ml size cover the vast majority of wines sold today. Every year over a billion wine bottles are produced throughout the world and Gallo Wines manufacturers two million bottles every day.
Here are the most common sizes. Well, I guess bottle sizes Methuselah and larger are not really so common but the time may come, just once in your life, when it will be important for you to know just what is a Balthazar of wine. You never know. Perhaps a large dinner party. Perhaps a question from Regis Philbin on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." Perhaps you can win a glass of Chateau Petrus during a trivia contest at your local watering hole. Should that event occur, here it is.
Volume rounding liberties were taken for simplification of presentation.
If precise measurements are required, go here: http://education.yahoo.com/reference/weights_and_measures/index?p=volume
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