Let’s talk about glass bottles for wine(1)

           Slow life is now advocated, and when we open a bottle of wine, we can taste slowly. Slow drinking and slow life without struggling or panic can appreciate the hardships, plainness, joy and other emotions of life. Wine contains a variety of microorganisms, which have the effects of anti-oxidation, clearing blood vessels and breaking down lipids. Experts point out that regular drinking can delay aging and prevent diseases. This is why wine appears more and more frequently on the table. At the same time, the increase in wine sales will inevitably lead to an increase in the production of glass bottles. This article will talk about wine glass bottles. 

        1.The history of wine bottles:

          As early as in ancient Rome, people used wooden barrels to store and transport wine. Due to the shortage of wood in the 17th century, a large amount of wine needed to be stored and transported. So people began to try to use blown glass to make wine bottles for wine storage and transportation. The original wine bottle made of blown glass resembled a water drop shape during transportation, and the outside of the bottle was wrapped with straw to prevent damage during transportation. It is elegant, crystal clear, chemically stable, and convenient to seal and open the wine in glass bottles. As soon as it came out, it was recognized by everyone and showed strong vitality. Since then, the glass bottle has been inseparable with wine, and it has been used for hundreds of years to this day.

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       2.Capacity and standard of wine bottles:

            Many wine lovers have a deep understanding of wine, but they ignore glass bottles. Have you ever opened countless bottles of wine, have you ever wondered why the capacity of a “standard bottle” happens to be 750ML instead of 1L, 1.25L or 1.5L like Coke? Wouldn’t it be easy to calculate if it is 1 liter. It turns out that wine shipped to the UK that year was often packed in 225-liter oak barrels, about 50 gallons. After using glass bottles to replace oak barrels, in order to easily calculate 225 liters of wine that is exactly 300 bottles of 750 milliliters. So a simplified formula was produced: 1 oak barrel = 50 gallons = 300 bottles of 750 ml (75 cl) wine. It is also why wine is always packed in a box of 6 or 12 bottles. Because 6 bottles are exactly 1 gallon, and 12 bottles are 2 gallons.

           Wine filled in glass bottles has been welcomed by more and more people, and the development of the wine industry has promoted the standardization of wine bottles. In 1860, the United Kingdom determined the standard size of wine bottles for more than a hundred years. In the 1970s, the European Union formulated detailed wine bottle standards. The wine bottles we see today for wines made from specific regions or specific grape varieties are all settled by rules and habits formed over hundreds of years. For example, the size of the most widely used Bordeaux bottle in the world is Fixed value, the specific parameters of the error range are:

          Bottle body diameter 73.6+-1.4 mm; bottle mouth outer diameter 29.5+-0.5 mm; bottle mouth inner diameter 18.5+-0.5 mm; bottle height 322+-1.9 mm; bottle belly height 184mm (refers to the middle regular cylindrical part); bottle bottom 16mm; 750ml point (refers to the point where the wine is filled to this point, exactly 750ml) The distance from the bottle mouth is 70mm.

       3. The color of the bottle: 

             Why are most of the wine bottles used to hold wine green? Bordeaux red wine is dark green, Bordeaux dry white wine is light green, Bordeaux sweet white wine is light green, Burgundy and Rhone Valley are dark green; German Mosel (Mosel) and French Alsace (Alsace) are medium Wait until the dark green. The reason is that glass bottles began to be used in the middle and late 17th century. However, because glass is mostly made of sand, which contains some impurities (high iron content), the limited production technology at the time was unable to remove the impurities in the glass, so the glass wine bottles at that time were green, which can also be said Green is the initial color of the bottle. Later, with the advancement of technology, all kinds of wine bottles gradually came out. Then why is the technology so advanced now that we have been using green wine bottles and their use has been high? The answer is that green is a cultural heritage. In addition, the use of green wine bottles has the following effects:

Green wine bottles can prevent the wine from oxidizing, and a small amount of oxygen can make the wine in the bottle continue to develop, which is conducive to the aging of the wine in the bottle. However, when there is too much oxygen in the bottle, the wine quality quickly becomes rough and the taste is no longer beautiful.

Green wine bottles can filter out light and protect the antioxidants and tannins in the wine.

(3) Green wine bottles sun protection index Higher and more suitable for storage. Some people believe that compared to green bottles, amber bottles have a higher SPF, so some people choose the latter, but this has not changed the overall situation of green bottles. Because it’s hard to imagine what people would look like after giving up traditional green wine bottles! 

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Post time: May-11-2021