To manage an event or simply ensure you drink responsibly, you need to know all about proper wine serving and dining etiquette. Wine lovers need to be informed on these to maintain a healthy relationship with, and gain the required understanding of wine. Below are a few pointers to help you do it all right.
On Wine Bottles
Wine ages better the larger the bottle. This is why Magnums of table wine and jeroboams of champagne are so impressive. A standard bottle of wine holds 750ml. These bottles contain roughly 25.4 ounces of wine which is approximately six glasses, meaning two people at dinner can enjoy three glasses each.
Sizes Based on a 750ml Bottle of Wine
- Split: A quarter-size bottle (2 glasses)
- Pint: Half a standard bottle (3 glasses)
- Standard: A 750ml bottle (6 glasses)
- Magnum: Two bottles (12 glasses)
- Jeroboam: Four champagne bottles (24 glasses)
- Rehoboam: Six champagne bottles (36 glasses)
- Methuselah: Eight champagne bottles (48 glasses)
- Salmanazar: Twelve champagne bottles (72 glasses)
- Balthazar: Sixteen champagne bottles (96 glasses)
- Nebuchadnezzar: Twenty champagne bottles (120 glasses)
How many bottles of wine should I buy for my party?
When deciding the number of wine bottles to buy for your party, buy more wine than is needed, and allow for slight overages. In other words, always calculate on the basis of five glasses of wine per 750ml bottle, rather than six. Before making your purchase, check with your source if the unopened wine bottles are refundable.
To ascertain the number of wine bottles to purchase, remember that a glass is filled no more than half full, or 4 ounces. One bottle serves six people a 4-ounce drink; two bottles serve twelve people; three bottles serve eighteen people. Again, allow for overages by having extra bottles handy.
The number of servings per bottle is largely determined by when the drink is taken. Aperitifs are served before meals when guests are thirsty. You should plan on five to six servings per bottle. If you want champagne served as an aperitif, allow two glasses of champagne per person.
The amount of table wine you need depends on the number of courses you want served with the meal and the length of time your guests are seated at the dinner table. Go with the following instructions:
- If you want a multi-course meal for your guest, usually, one glass of white wine and two glasses of red wine are served. A minimum of three glasses of wine is poured per person for a total of 12 ounces per guest.
- For simple meals, two glasses of wine are normally served per person, or a total of 8 ounces of wine per guest.
- At your luncheon, one and a half glasses of wine or 4 to 6 ounces per person will do.
- When serving champagne as a table wine, three glasses per person will suffice.
- If you want to serve a dessert wine, one glass is sufficient. Based on a 3-ounce serving, a bottle of dessert wine holds approximately eight glasses.
- Serving champagne with dessert? Here, one glass per guest is ample.
- Following dessert and coffee, guests usually have little appetite or thirst, and a liqueur or cordial is offered in a small glass. Liqueur and cordial bottles hold roughly sixteen servings, a figure based on 1 ½ ounces per guest.
- The average serving of brandy consists of an ounce or two. Generally one drink is served, and the average bottle of brandy holds around twelve servings based on a 2-ounce drink.