Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why are Some Wine Bottle Sizes Different?

Different wine making countries are known for making assorted wine bottle sizes. The 750 ML size is by far the most common standard sized bottle (Magnums are twice the size). When we talk about the standard of wine bottle sizes we're referring to Bordeaux. These are high-shoulder with straight sides.

Average Standard Bottle Size: 12" tall by 3" wide

Wineries from different countries craft their bottles like the Bordeaux standard, but they don't make them exactly the same way. Some are wider, taller or have different shoulder lengths.

Burgundy and Chateauneuf wineries make wider sized bottles. These have wide bodies and bottoms, more slender shoulders, and are slightly shorter than Bordeaux. The Wide Bottle format is also used by Italian, Spanish and Australian wineries as well.

Average Wide Bottle Size: 11 3/4" tall by 3 1/2" wide

Outside of France, you have the large and tall bottles made by many Napa and South African wineries. Napa is especially fond of the Large and Tall style. You'll have a great difficulty placing a Napa bottle into a Standard Bottle wine crate.

Average Large and Tall Bottle Size: Can vary. Some Napa bottles can be as tall as 14" tall by 4" Wide.

Lastly we have Champagne bottles. This is usually a flute-style bottle, with a tall, slender bottle and very small shoulders.

Average Champagne Standard Bottle Size: 12 1/2" tall by 2 1/2" wide

There's a great article on this I recommend checking out:


Also, when your ready to start placing your wines in wooden wine boxes or crates, please let me know. We can find out which style bottles you have, and measure out the sizes to find your perfect crates!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What are Wine Panels?

Wooden Wine Panels are the engraved sides of wine crate boxes, crates and cases.

There are three types:

-Winery Branded

My personal favorite of the three is Collector's because there are many different kinds. Most of them are from wineries that are thousands of years old. A lot of these pieces display priceless artifacts, historical artwork and ancient landmarks that date back to the Roman Empire. You just can't find designs like this anymore. Just imagine how they'll look in your wine cellar!

Below is a brief description on the Collector's style, as well as more info on the Border and Winery Branded. Each one is from either a wooden wine crate, wine box or wine case.

Collector's panels have the designs and pictures of the winery engraved on them, and all are mostly the same size. They're a best seller, and the most attractive of the three.

 (3) Collector's Wine Panels

Average size: 12" L X 6" H

Crate type: 12 Bottle Wine Crate

Border Panels are like pieces of a picture frame. They are thin and narrow with smaller winery brandings and winery lettering. They do vary in size.

(5) Classic Border Panels

Crate Type: 6 Bottle Flat Wine Case

Average size: 9" L X 4" H

Winery Branded Panels are often the same size as Collector's, but don't have any designs or pictures. They are branded with winery lettering and numbering.

(1) Winery Branded Panel

Average Size: 12" L X 6" H

Crate Type: 6 Bottle Wine Box

All three of these styles can be mixed and matched into a wall, floor or ceiling plan. A lot of the times I recommend Borders for the frame, and assorted Collector's and Winery Branded inside the frame. This will make your wine panel project into a one-of-a-kind montage.

Wine panels can last forever if they're finished. They can be glazed with Polyurethane or any other wood finish. Also, any kind of stain to match a color in your décor can be used as well.

How to install them:

I recommend working with a contractor, carpenter or woodworker. This will allow you to view the project objectively.

If you decide to finish the panels first, I'd recommend working with a finish carpenter. Once the panels are completely finished, the installation can begin.

Liquid Nails in a can (not a tube) is the preferred adhesive. Use a notched trawl to spread the Liquid evenly across the back of each panel. This is similar to installing tile. Adhere the panel to the surface. Keep going until your surface area is filled with panels.

Cuts and trims may be needed along the way. This is another reason why it's preferable to work with a contractor/woodworker.

Once your project is completed send us a picture! We'd love to display your beautiful work on www.winepine.com
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