A RP 90pt on sale for $700. How many people would it take to open, pour and drink this? BTW what is the name of this bottle size? This is on sale at Sams in Chicago BTW.

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I'm not sure how many people it would take to open this monster but I sould sure like to be around for the POP! Big Grin

There are contraptions made for pouring hugh format bottles that require 2-3 people to operate, I've seen pictures it operates like a fulcrum sort of and there is a stand involved and all. My guess is that this would serve a healthy glass to 100 people or a nice toast for 200 guests at a wedding or such.

Half-Bottle
 375 milliliters or one half of the standard bottle size. Also known as a "split" or a "tenth".

Bottle
750 milliliters of wine, this is the standard size.

Magnum
1.5 lters or two times the standard bottle size

Double Magnum
3.0 liters or twice the size of a magnum, equivalent of 4 bottles.

Jeroboam
There are two sizes of Jeroboams:
Sparkling wine Jeroboam equals 4 regular bottles, or 3.0 liters.
Red wine Jeroboam equals 6 regular bottles, or 4.5 liters.
Some 5.0 liter Jeroboams exist.

Imperial
6.0 liters or 8 regular bottles.

Methuselah
Same size as an Imperial but is usually used for sparkling wines and is Burgundy-shaped.

Salmanazar
9.0 liters. 12 regular bottles or one case.

Balthazar
12.0 liters. 16 bottles. Usually used for sparkling wines.

Nebuchadnezzar
15.0 liters. 20 regular bottles. Usually used for sparkling wines.

Note there are some differences in names for still and sparkling varities.

ks
When I lived in Portland, OR there was a wine shop there that had a "Customer Appreciation Party" every December. They opened a bottle of Champagne this size from one Champagne house or another to share with their customers. Two people would climb on the counter to hold the cork, while someone turned the bottle. Once the huge cork was removed, they poured it into litre caraffes to then go around the crowd and fill glasses. Their method worked beautifully.

I don't know if they still do this, or if they're still in business, but it was near Reed College. Along with the giant bottle of Champagne, whichever Champagne house was represented also poured glasses of their vintage, rose and prestige cuvee at cost. As if that wasn't enough, just about every wine maker in Oregon was there too pouring free samples of their wines along with several local brewers. They also served Oysters and Seruga, Osetra and Beluga caviar at cost. What a party!

A caveat about large format Champagne, though. Champagne is only "made" in 750's and magnums. Larger sizes are filled from the smaller bottles, loosing some of its effervescense in the process, so it needs to be consumed soon after bottling. Big bottles go flat pretty quickly.

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