A Quick Guide to Wine Bottle Sizing

Despite its name, a magnum isn’t the largest format wine bottle. It holds only 1.5 liters—the equivalent of two standard 750ml bottles. Silver Oak large format bottles go up to 18 liters! Before you buy wine for your next celebration or holiday table, consider these options—because big bottles are meant for special occasions.

Wine bottle sizes

Volume: 750ml
Alternate name: Standard (the most common wine bottle)
Number of pours: Approximately 5 pours (depending how generous each pour, of course)

Volume: 1.5L
Alternate name: Magnum
Number of pours: Approximately 10 pours
This is the equivalent of two 750ml standard bottles

Tip: When opening a bottle of wine, the most important thing to remember has to do with the cork—remove it using an upward motion. Do not yank at an angle.

Volume: 3L
Alternate name: Double magnum
Number of pours: Approximately 20 pours
This is the equivalent of four 750ml standard bottles

Volume: 6L
Alternate name: Imperial
Number of pours: Approximately 40 pours
This is the equivalent of eight 750ml standard bottles

Note: Limited quantities of our large format bottles are available for purchase. If ever interested, please contact the Customer Care Team at 707.942.7137 or customercare@silveroak.com.

Volume: 12L
Alternate name: Balthazar
Number of pours: Approximately 80 pours
This is the equivalent of sixteen 750ml standard bottles—more than a case (which holds 12 standard bottles)!

Tip: Watch How To Open Large Format Wine Bottles to see the ah-so wine opener in action. For more delicate corks in older vintages, you can also use both a corkscrew and ah-so for extra leverage. First, screw the corkscrew all the way into the cork. Then, on top of the corkscrew, perpendicularly insert the ah-so. When looking down at the cork, you should see the two wine openers create the shape of a plus sign, which will act as your sturdy handle to remove the cork.

Library wines stored inside the glass room at Silver Oak's Oakville tasting room Glass House in Silver Oak's Oakville winery

Fun fact: To maintain the integrity of their corks, wine bottles should be stored on their sides. (Think: At-home wine racks or the Glass House at our Oakville winery.) This is to keep the wine in contact with the cork—so the latter remains moist. Problems arise when the cork dries out and becomes brittle.

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