On the outside chance that any of us will be playing some version of Trivial Pursuit, and in the even more remote possibility that the question posed while playing would be: “What are the names of the different bottles of wine that correspond to the quantity of wine therein?”I’ve got you covered.My-Reason-For-Living-In-France often points out that I am intrigued by “usual” (read “useless” although he has never uttered that word) snippets of information.
One such instance of my penchant is the names of the different bottles of wine. I’ve sought, without much success I admit, an opportunity to regale a small gathering with my cleverness in this regard. Since that moment has as yet not presented itself, I thought I would share my probably mostly useless trivia with you. But, you never know. Sometimes life presents unusual circumstances where one might be able to use a little trivia to dazzle our friends and family.
Here then are the unusual denominations, in alphabetical order, of bottles of wine corresponding to their liquid contents:Balthazar, 12 litters, usually for ChampagneClavelin: 63 centiliters (used for “yellow” wine from the Jura)
Impériale: 6 liters, usually Bordeaux
Jéroboam: 3 liters, usually for Champagne
Magnum: l.5 liters
Mathusalem: 6 liters
Nabuchodonosor: 15 liters (!)
Réhoboam: 4.5 liters
Salmanazar: 9 liters
* A traditional bottle of wine contains 75 centiliters and the bottle itself may come in several different forms depending upon the type of wine it holds, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, etc.
- Brandy snifter
- White wine
- Red wine
- Red Burgundy
- Champagne flute
- Champagne coupe
When placing the glasses on the table the order is: The water glass, the largest of the glasses, which is placed above the dinner knife and the other glasses move out from there in the following way — Champagne, red wine, white wine. Et voila! (I imagine you already know this.)
You might win the game with me on your side. . .