Wine in a Magnum
Definitely, when i am drinking wine, my choice of bottle size is magnum. It is my impression that this bottle size makes me better enjoy my wine and thus i get more happiness. The reason wine ages more slowly in a magnum is that the ratio of wine to air is significantly greater. Exposure to air is what ages a wine. Indeed, wine not only ages more slowly in magnum, but many believe more evenly, too. This may be why magnums command much higher prices than the equivalent amount of wine in regular-size bottles.
The disadvantages is that magnums tend to be more expensive than regular bottles. This may seem illogical, but they come in a heavier, non-standard bottle. Plus, magnums of whites, rosés and sparklers are tricky to fit in the fridge door.
Magnum formats are great for parties or gathering with a group of close friends. There is something about a magnum, or “large formats” as they are called in the wine trade, that smells “celebration”. There is a certain theatre to ordering and pouring them, and the sight of a big bottle of wine is always going to make the centrepiece of the dinner table a real magnum opus.
If you’re throwing a dinner party, it’s all about setting the correct tone. And, according to many sommeliers that i have talked to there is no better way of doing that than with a magnum.