What size bottles does wine come in? Do the different sizes make a difference in how the wine tastes? That’s a complicated answer. First, there are a number of misconceptions about what different sized wine bottles are actually called and second, once you get into the bigger bottles, there are different names for bottles that hold the same amount depending on where they are from. Sound confusing? Just wait. This plot has more twists than an Agatha Christie novel.
How much should you spend on a bottle of wine? Spending a lot of money on a wine doesn’t mean it is a good wine. I’ve had some pretty mediocre bottles that were $40 or more and I’ve had some really good ones that were less than $10. Price doesn’t equal quality although you are more likely to get a good bottle if you spend more.
Some things get better with age and some don’t. Classic paintings – check. Fossils – yep. My wife – you bet (and I didn’t just put that in because I need to sleep some time and she knows where all the sharp knives are kept in the kitchen). Cottage cheese – not so much. Spoiled children – are you kidding me? I’ve been next to too many on airline flights. How about wine? Well…that isn’t a simple answer.
The world is full of things that are fantastic when served at the right temperature and revolting when served at the wrong temperature. Does the thought of hot mayonnaise appeal to anyone? How about cold scrambled eggs? Lukewarm sushi anyone? There’s a dirty little secret in the wine world that not enough people know about. Americans almost always serve white wines too cold and red wines too warm.