Five Myths About Wine Bottles

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Summary

5 Wine Bottle Myths:
Heavy bottles are used for the best wines
The punt, or push-up at the bottom is for . . .
Green glass is used to protect red wine from light
Cans work great for wine! Who needs bottles?
Bag in box works great! Who needs bottles?

  1. Heavy bottles are used for the best wines
  2. The punt, or push-up at the bottom is for . . .
  3. Green glass is used to protect red wine from light
  4. Cans work great for wine! Who needs bottles?
  5. Bag in box works great! Who needs bottles?

1) Heavy bottles are use for the best wines

Heavy bottles are to impress people and subliminally, make the package look bigger, the reptile brain thinks there is more wine.

Glass is wines biggest carbon footprint, lighter bottles do a fine job protecting wine. Some bottles weigh more empty than ours does full. Crazy.

2) The punt, or push-up at the bottom is for . . .

It makes the bottle look bigger and it adds weight. It makes decanting from sediment worse not better. It isn’t so the “somm” can put their thumb in it for fancy pouring, hoping for a bigger tip.

3) Green glass is used to protect red wine from light

UV light can be a problem if you expose wine to it. Green glass blocks 30-40% of UV, brown 50-70%, clear, flint 25-35% unless it is UV coated like modern windows to block 99+%. Clear, flint glass has a much higher recycling rate.

Since we store our wines in cardboard boxes that block 99+% UV, in dark rooms that have almost zero, we think it doesn’t matter. EXCEPT often Wine precipitates sediments with age you can’t see well in dark bottles. Which we think means the wine is ready to share.

4) Cans work great for wine! Who needs bottles?

Aluminum isn’t used in wineries, not even for electric wiring. Wine is acidic and dissolves aluminum.

In theory cans have an interior coating that keeps the wine from the aluminum. 

Only if it’s perfect. A tiny tiny hole and the can corrodes. I’m talking microscopic holes.

Even beer cans have corrosion spots when autopsied. Hey don’t get worried, same with pop cans.

5) Bag in box works great! Who needs bottles?

I agree bag in box is a great choice for wine that is consumed young. I have some concerns about plastic in contact with food, but less than with aluminum cans.

The drawback is the bag allows a significant amount of oxygen through. Fine if you consume it within 6-9 months of packaging.

For those of us who bottle age wine 1-6 years before release it doesn’t work. 

Paper bottles are the answer!

Paper bottles are small bag in box. It’s plastic bag with a papier-mâché bottle-shaped wrapper.

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