Theme: 2016 | Future sales associate is born!
Featured Wine: 2016 Caparzo Brunello (half bottle/375mL) & 2016 Château de Parènchere Bordeaux Superior (magnum bottle/1.5 L)
If you haven’t noticed already, Assorted Table is a deeply personal venture taken on by Josh and Jenny Villapando. So we HAD to commemorate 2016 which is the year Josh and Jenny’s son, Eli, was born. Will you see him behind the counter slinging juice in 2037, you betcha!
Have you noticed that we carry a bunch of magnums from the 2016 vintage? Josh has been on the hunt for wines that will age gracefully for his son Eli to enjoy on his 21st birthday! When choosing a “birth year wine”, look for certain components that give it aging potential: alcohol, residual sugar, tannin, and/or acid. The enclosure is important too. If a wine is sealed with a bottle cap or synthetic cork there will not be any exchange of oxygen. Most people think this is preferred, however, without any air conversion the wine may develop off aromas associated with reduction. Furthermore, wines that are bottled in larger volumes, like 1.5 L or 3 Liter, have the potential to age longer due to the ratio of air to juice at the time of bottling.
Note: Don’t be afraid of screw caps! Screw caps can be engineered for a precise amount of air conversion. Some companies even design specialty caps based on the winemaker’s projected lifespan of the wine.
List the volume of bottle size with the liter amounts.
187.5ml Piccolo or Split: This is almost equivalent to a single glass of wine at 6.34 oz.
375 ml Demi or Half: This is about 2 glasses of wine or half of a standard 750 ml bottle of wine.
500 ml Half-liter or Jennie: This is about three, 6 oz glasses of wine. This size is typically used for dessert wines, which are usually served in 3 oz pours.
750 ml Standard Wine Bottle: This is what most wines are packaged in. How 750ml became the “standard” is not fully understood, however, some producers believe that it was the most common size in the pre-industrialized era. Glass bottles were hand blown resulting in a bottle that could hold between 700 ml and 800 ml. Standard bottles are between 11 and 13 inches in height.
1.5 liters Magnum: Equivalent to 2 standard wine bottles.
3 liters Double Magnum: Equivalent to four standard wine bottles. Called Jéroboam in Champagne, France.
Now we enter volumes of biblical proportions… (get it?!) Many of the following sizes are named after kings or figures in the bible.
4.5 liters Jéroboam or Rehoboam(Champagne): Equivalent to six standard bottles of still wine. Sparkling wines containing 4.5 L will be referred to as Rehoboam.
6 liters Impériale or Methuselah(Champagne): Equivalent to eight standard bottles of still wine. Sparkling wines containing 6L will be referred to as Methuselah.
9 liters Salmanazar: Equivalent to 12 standard bottles. These bottles are about 2 feet tall!
12 liters Balthazar: Equivalent to 16 standard bottles.
15 liters Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to 20 standard bottles.
18 liters Solomon or Melchior: Equivalent to 24 standard bottles. These bottles can be over 3 feet tall!