Bigger is Better

Bigger is Better

Bigger really is better.

At least when it comes to your wine bottle.

Large format wine bottles really are better for the wine because they slow the aging process. Remember, oxygen seeps in through the cork and ages the wine, but sometimes could damage it. In a larger bottle, one cork to more wine means less oxygen hits the wine and then less risk of damage.

So get to know the bigger wine bottles. And we should warn you, you may have to do some math — or pull out a calculator — and learn about some biblical kings since some bottles are named after them, though no one really knows why.

187.5 ml — Piccolo or Split: It’s a quarter bottle. It’s typically used for those fun single servings of Champagne (Go get a straw!)

375 ml — Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard size.

750 ml — Standard Size: About 25 ounces of wine. So here’s where the math starts. If you pour a 5 oz. glass of wine, you’ll get about five glasses a bottle.

1.5 L — Magnum: Two standard 750 ml bottles.

3.0 L — Double Magnum: Two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.  Calculator: 20 glasses of wine.

And here come the kings.

4.5 L — Jeroboam: He was the King of Kings. It holds six standard bottles.

6.0 L — Imperial: Holds eight standard bottles. Calculator: About 40 glasses of wine. But think about it — if you invite 10 people for dinner, that baby will be empty by the end of the night.

9.0 L — Salmanazar: He was an Assyrian King. This holds twelve standard bottles or a full case of wine — in one big bottle!

12.0 L — Balthazar: He was one of the Three Kings that first met Jesus. This holds sixteen standard bottles.

15.0 L — Nebuchadnezzar: He was the King of Babylon. Holds twenty standard bottles.  Calculator: 100 glasses of wine! Now that’s a party.

See, bigger is better — or at least more fun.

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip. 

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