The Ridge 375 ml bottle cuties got me wondering why we cant just order it in the bottle size we would like it in. Pre-orders of course.
So, someone wants 10 liters in 500 ml bottles. 20 bottles right. Someone else wants one untapped barrel. Boom, done. Another person just wants 4 3 liter bottles. End of pre order and the winemaker tallies up all orders and knows how much to bottle in these various sizes, right? Then the rest he can format however.
500 ml are best. Two glasses of wine in one evening. Either both for me or one for me and one for my girlfriend.
1 liter bottles are better than 750 ml. About 6 glasses vs 4.2 glasses. Very nice evening for two people with three glasses each.
Some of this has to do with alcohol content these days. If you are drinking 9-11/12% wine i suppose those formats work. But i tend to drink beasts over 13/14/15. %. The times they are a changing. Bigger wines may need different formats.
The other night i opened a 2010 Carlisle at 15.2% and tonight a 2012 Bedrock at 14.8%
bottling lines have to be configured for bottle types. added cost/time for the winery to accommodate those setups.
labels have to be designed, submitted, approved, ordered, and produced for each size. added cost/time for the winery to get this sorted out.
getting customers to place pre-orders by a hard deadline can be a challenge.
these issues multiply exponentially by SKU. may not be a big deal for a producer who makes one Cab and one Sauv Blanc every year to do custom size by customer. much bigger issues when a producer does 5, 10, or 15 wines in a vintage.
that’s off the top of my head. i’m sure there are other issues related to purchasing glass and cork/closure, pricing, acquiring appropriate packaging for shipping, etc.
I find box wine or jugs a good size, although I have seldom had from a box unless it was a case. Jugs were prefered back after college. They did not last longer than a 750 does now, so we bought a brace.