Wine in a bottle

Hanging Wine Bottles
Hanging Wine Bottles

Jim Croce sings about ‘Time in a Bottle’ a beautiful song that causes reflection what if we had more time view this home-movie with Jim and his son with the song playing in the background; it’s a tear-jerk-er:  http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=3932251

We often play around with the words in a song and this song could be:

If I could have wine in a bottle
The first thing that Id like to do
Is to drink every day
Till every wine is drank away
Just to drink wine with you

If I could wine last forever
If wine could make wishes come true
I’d drink every day like a wino and then,
Again, I drink wine with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To drink all the wine you want to
Once you buy them
Ive drank enough wine to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Drink wine with……..

Wine comes in many different bottle shapes, while the bottle the wine is in has no affect on the quality of the wine with the exception of champagne; you can tell a lot about the wine in the bottle.  For instance rieslings are usually in a tall slender colored bottle; but not always.  White wines are in a longer necked bottle where as red wines are typically in a shorter necked bottle.  Just another little thing to notice about wine, wikipedia described shapes of wine bottles like this:

Shapes

Wine producers in Portugal, Italy, Spain, France and Germany follow the tradition of their local areas in choosing the shape of bottle most appropriate for their wine.

  • Port, sherry, and Bordeaux varieties: straight-sided and high-shouldered with a pronounced punt. Port and sherry bottles may have a bulbous neck to collect any residue.
  • Burgundies and Rhône varieties: tall bottles with sloping shoulders and a smaller punt.
  • Rhine (also known as hockor hoch), Mosel, and Alsace varieties: narrow and tall with little or no punt.
  • Champagne and other sparkling wines: thick-walled and wide with a pronounced punt and sloping shoulders.
  • German wines from Franconia: the Bocksbeutel bottle.
  • The Chianti and some other Italian wines: the fiasco, a round-bottomed flask encased in a straw basket.

Many North and South American, South African, and Australasian wine producers select the bottle shape they wish to associate their wines with. For instance, a producer who believes his wine is similar to Burgundy may choose to bottle his wine in Burgundy-style bottles.

Other producers (both in and out of Europe) have chosen idiosyncratic bottle styles for marketing purposes. Pere-Anselme markets its Châteauneuf-du-Pape in bottles that appear half-melted. The Moselland company of Germany has a riesling with a bottle in the shape of a house cat.

The home wine maker may use any bottle, as the shape of the bottle does not affect the taste of the finished product. The sole exception is in producing sparkling wine, where thicker-walled bottles should be used to handle the excess pressure.

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