From Magnums to Jeroboams and single glasses to Balthazars, there are plenty of different (some archaic) measurements for serving and storing wine. Many of the larger bottle sizes are fashioned after the names of Biblical kings and they certainly have a regal sense to them. Though getting your hands on a Nebuchadnezzar may not be that easy, we thought we’d let you know all the different traditional names for those wine measurements and bottle sizes.
Wine Bottles: From Big to Small
We’ll start with the Piccolo or Split, typically used for a single serving of Champagne and measuring just 187.5ml. Next up is the Demi or Half, which is, unsurprisingly, half the size of a standard 750ml size, 375ml. The next size up is the most common of all, which you’ll see in all sections of our website and probably in your wine rack, the standard wine bottle at 750ml.
From here on, it’s the big, bold and extravagant. At 1.5l we have the Magnum, the size of two standard 750ml bottles and the Double Magnum, as you’d probably guessed, is the equivalent of two Magnums, at 3 litres. The Jeroboam is next, at 4.5l and the equivalent of 6 standard bottles of wine and then the Imperial is the size of two Double Magnums, at 6 litres. The huge Salmanazar is the size of a whole case of wine at 9 litres and it gets even bigger than that with the 12 litre Balthazar and 15l Nebuchadnezzar!
If you buy your wine boxed then you’re usually getting a Double Magnum’s worth each time! The extravagance of these larger bottles is great fun and though less common than buying in standard bottles or cases, they can be the perfect thing for a big celebration.
Wine Measurements: The Pub Guide
Measuring wine from behind a professional bar is almost a science. Exact measurements have be used to be complying with law and it’s the 1985 Weights and Measures Act which sets out exactly how much your faithful bartender is allowed to serve you per wine glass. Below is a guide to exactly how much you can be served.
If you’re drinking standard, still wine, you can be served a sample at below 75ml, a small glass at 125ml, a large glass at 175ml or a carafe of250ml, 500ml, 750ml or 1 litre. It is also of course possible to buy wine by the bottle.
If you prefer fortified wines then they can be sold and enjoyed at 50ml or 70ml measurements.
Now you know you’re measurements, maybe it’s time to start saving for your next Nebuchadnezzar.