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Jeroboam: There are two sizes: the sparkling wine Jeroboam holds 3
litres or 4 bottles, and the still wine Jeroboam holds 4.5 litres or 6 bottles.
Rehoboam: Champagne only—holds 4.5 litres or the equivalent of 6
Imperial: Bordeaux-shaped, it holds 6 litres or the equivalent of 8 bottles.
Methuselah: Same size as an Imperial, but usually used for sparkling
wines and Burgundy-shaped.
Salmanazar: Holds 9 litres or the equivalent of 12 regular bottles (a full
case of wine).
Balthazar: Holds 12 litres or the equivalent of 16 bottles.
Nebuchadnezzar: Holds 15 litres, the equivalent of 20 bottles of wine
(which must need a forklift to move and a crane to pour).
Others more rarely seen have such names as Solomon, Melchior, Goliath
Chief Justice Hinkson has remarked on occasion that his cellar includes
a Balthazar of Amarone. Perhaps if Ottawa finally gives him enough judges
to fill his court’s vacancies he may be persuaded to crack it open and share
it for the benefit of the profession.
In keeping with the theme of this article, I have included wines in all
these types of bottles.
INNISKILLIN OKANAGAN ESTATE SERIES RIESLING 2015
BCVQA Okanagan Valley $12.19
From one of the oldest Canadian wineries, this Riesling in a traditional
Hock bottle is soft on entry and finish, but playful. It has a lively nose of
lime, green apple and green peach laced with wet stone and some floral
notes. On the palate is lemon-lime, green and white peach. My bottle had a
slight bit of effervescence on opening and a long, crisp finish with a hint of
sweetness. It is not the flinty green austere version often seen locally. My
recommendation is to serve it with a good Indian or Thai curry or some
Szechuan cuisine or with lighter seafood or chicken dishes. Available from
the winery or in private wine stores.
KUHLMANN-PLATZ GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2014
A.C. D’Alsace, France #90241 $18.99
In the correct Hock bottle, this GW has intensely floral aromas of rose and
honeysuckle, mixed with lemon-lime, lychee and yellow peach. The
flavours are again lemon-lime, peach, red apple and a bit of lychee. It has a