Your Wine And Bottle Style

Wine-Bottles-1Do you know that you can actually learn a lot about what type of wine you are buying just by looking at the style of the bottle. The trick is just having the knowledge what the major types of wine bottles look like and the type of wine that tends to go with it. Here is what wine experts say.

High shoulder bottles

  This is the most common type of bottle style. The bottle style was made popular by Bordeaux where it is used for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and white wines made with Sauvignon Blanc.

Sloping shoulder bottles

  The sloping shoulder bottle is commonly used for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache. Most oak-aged white wines come in this style of bottle.

Sparkling wine and Champagne

  Sparkling wine bottles tend to be heavy. Some bottles have punts (the divot on the bottom of the bottle) and some without. Often the custom bottles designed are used for premium sparkling wines.

Dessert styles

  Tradition is the source of the styles of bottles used for dessert wines. These wine bottles are much more ornate than regular dry wine bottles. Producers will have custom stamps or seals and the shapes differentiate each style of dessert wine.

Unique bottles

  The bottle styles of wine are not as unique or varied as styles for spirits. The design of wine bottles has not really changed for over 100 years.

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