Big bottles mean big fun

Author and magnums. | Lou Phillips

You show up at the party or have your own party with a couple of lovingly curated bottles of wine to add to the festivities. Wine is one of your interests and pleasures and it make you feel good to share it with friends. It’s not that you are seeking recognition — well, maybe just a touch if you are a true wine geek — but, it’s all for good because the happy-happy, joy-joy wine adds to any occasion.

Great value-priced suggestions for warm-weather get-togethers are larger bottles of chilled Rosé or super-chilled big bottles of Cavas or Proseccos.

However, inevitably your gifts get pushed into the wine puppy piles on the counter or in the cooler to meld into the beverage pond of the event. It’s not like you are upset, but as a wine lover you probably wish just a little that your labor of love stood out for at least those who are wine interested. Well, I’m here to tell you of a sure-fire way to get your treasures a little party cred. Bring a big bottle to the bash. That’s right, a magnum or, better yet, a double magnum will be like a tractor beam drawing the wine lovers and wine curious alike to your elixir of joy.

Big bottles. | Lou Phillips

Quick side note: The origin stories of the official names of larger bottles are some of the most interesting and history laden you can imagine — some wine writer may be working on bringing that story to you soon, in fact.

Big bottles also come in handy when you really do want to make a wine splash. Picture that high-roller client dinner where you order the magnum of Napa goodness or a BYOB networking event, a raffle or a door prize to impress — or a first-time invitation to your mate’s family for a meal (make sure they like wine or they will imagine you have a problem). Great value-priced suggestions for warm-weather get-togethers are larger bottles of chilled Rosé or super-chilled big bottles of Cavas or Proseccos.

For aging wines, magnums and larger bottles have proven over time to be superior to the standard 750-ml vessel. Most believe this is a result of less air exposure, although the science behind this is not exact; it is probably more likely that it is the greater volume of wine that makes the difference. Anecdotally, after decades of collecting and tasting other’s collectibles, I am convinced size does matter as many side-by-side comparisons have proven big bottles to be better. This comes in handy if you want to put away quality juice from a birth year, anniversary year or graduation year. Fine wine from a meaningful time of your life can be a wonderful way to mark that moment.