If it is now part of everyday life of all households, the wine bottle as it is known now has a long history behind it. With Delices and Gourmandises, you will soon know everything about its origins.
The wines were first kept in amphoras in terracotta and in some cases in skins, certainly convenient and lightweight, but far from optimal conservation.
Humanity obviously had to wait for the advent of the glass to see the appearance of the first bottles. It is estimated that the Romans were the first to put the wine in glass. However, they were using decanters, luxuries reserved for the wealthy, for serving wine at the table rather than to keep it.
It was not until the eighteenth century that the English generalized the use of the bottle and the cork for wine storage thanks to the decisive technological advance coal oven.
Many wonder why the wine is packaged in 0.75 liter bottles rather than 1 liter ones. This is simply because the English – them again! – imported wine in 50 gallon barrels, about 250 l, which were divided into 300 bottles of 0,75 l.
This is also one of the reasons why wine boxes generally contain from 6 to 12 bottles equal to 1 or 2 gallons.
The vast majority of wine bottles have a hollow rather than flat bottom. Called “sting” this cavity is more or less deep depending on the type of wine. It responds mainly to practical considerations. Actually, it facilitates the service, but also the conservation, particularly for bottles of champagne and other sparkling wines which should be stored “upside down”. That’s why these bottles have a relatively deep hollow.
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