Wine Education- February 26, 2014
Like to drink wine? If you’re looking at our website right now or reading this from our Facebook or Twitter pages, we’re betting the answer is yes!
Sometimes the language of wine can be confusing and all too consuming that it’s hard to know where to start. We thought we’d give a quick run down of the names of different bottle sizes available for different types of wine, including the biggest bottle of wine to date called a Nebuchadnezzar, that is comparable in volume to TWENTY standard wine bottles!
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* —Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.
6.0 L Imperial —Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.
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.
* Because of recent U.S. regulations limiting larger bottles to even liter sizes, some modern red-wine “Jeroboams” are now 5 liters rather than the traditional 4.5.
You might have recognized some biblical names that inspired those bottle sizes. Thanks to John Holland’s Champagne Magic site for these mini-biographies:
Jeroboam was the Founder and first king of Israel, 931-910 BC
Rehoboam was the son of Solomon (King of Judah), 922-908 BC
Salmanazar was the King of Assyria, 859-824 BC
Balthazar was the Regent of Babylon and son of Nabonide, 539BC
Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon, 605-562 BC