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By Michael Welsh*
I like on the table, when we’re speaking, the light of a bottle of intelligent wine.
I recently walked past a bus stop billboard with a winery ad depicting two
wine bottles under a phrase that said something like: “This is me.” But as
one of the wines was Gewürztraminer in a Burgundy bottle, I ruminated as
I walked past on that ancient aphorism, “Know thyself.”1 For clearly, despite
the declaration, this winery did not. The wine was contained in the wrong
type of bottle, at least for a purist like me.
That has led me to return, after more than a decade, to a discussion of
why wine bottles have different shapes, colours and sizes, and what those
aspects reveal about the bottle’s contents.
Modern bottles come in four general shapes with certain variants for
each. Here are photographs of each shape (and yes, I know there are seven
bottles, and will explain the last three, which are variations, later).
Bordeaux – Hock – Burgundy Bocksbeutel Champagne Rhone Rosé
* Michael Welsh is the president of the CBABC and, as if it were not obvious by now, enjoys a good wine provided it is
poured into the right glass from the right bottle.