Why wine has an indentation on the bottom of the bottle

Alice Sholl
Contributor
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You’ve probably had someone tell you that with a bottle of wine, the deeper its indentation at the bottom, the better quality it is.

But like many things we consider to be common knowledge, this isn’t actually true.

Yep – first it was house wines not necessarily being the cheapest on menus, and now this.

Apparently, the ‘punt’ on a bottle of wine (the official name for that dimple) has nothing to do with how good it is, but a lot more to do with history.

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Dr Vinny, expert of all things vino related, wrote on Wine Spectator that originally punts did have a function.

Wine bottles used to be created by glass blowers before we had the strong, machine-made bottles we have today to make them solid and stand upright.

But now, they’re simply there for the sake of tradition.

“Though some say it helps collect the sediment as wines age,” Dr Vinny writes.

“Punts no longer serve a structural function except in bottles of sparkling wine, which have constant pressure inside.

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“In these cases, the punt allows for more even distribution of pressure.

“The size of the punt doesn’t mean anything about the quality of the wine inside, but it can be a bit gimmicky, because some bottles just look like they’re on steroids, with deep punts and extra-heavy glass.”

So there you have it – no need to peer at the bottom of wine bottles at dinner parties to see how generous the host has been.

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