Wine in a Mag­num

Montreal Times - - Wine - By Marco Gio­vanetti mtl­

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.

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