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  • Writer's pictureKaren Goodwin

Beauty (and wine) comes in all shapes and sizes.

Have you ever wondered about the significance of different shapes, colors and sizes of wine bottles?

When I started melting wine bottles, I was not much of a wine connoisseur. I liked some wines…mainly the sweeter ones in the plain bottles so I really never paid attention. Over the years working with many different types of bottles, I’ve learned to appreciate all of the different shapes, strengths, colors, and sizes that are available. Did you know that the standard wine bottle size is 750 ml? (Or as I like to call it - 2 glasses)

I thought for my first real blog on my new website, I would explain the difference in wine bottles. So keep on reading and let me help you expand your wine knowledge a little bit.

When I make my melted bottle trays I use four main types:

Bordeaux: A tall bottle with high shoulders. The darker glass is typically used for red wines and the lighter green or clear glass is used for white wines.

Champagne: Sloping shoulders, typically a heavier glass and sturdy bottle to handle its party animal reputation. Generally a dark green or brown color glass.

Chardonnay or Hock: Sloping shoulders but a lighter glass than the champagne bottle.

Mosel or Rhine: Slender bottle, slightly thinner than the Chardonnay bottle is typically a lighter green or cobalt color.

These basic bottle shapes tend to be the most popular and the most easily accessible to turn into my fun trays, bowls and wall decor. And if you are wondering if I drink all this wine by myself... no. But I certainly contribute to the collection. The great thing about using upcycled materials is that you can really save on your production costs by asking friends for excess bottles.

Wine bottles are definitely the most common - but what other kind of bottles do you think would make a good tray?

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