Wine Bottles – What is a punt?
So the new thing in my house is for the family to gather around the television set at 7:30 to watch Jeopardy. It has been a blast!!! Of course, I love the “Food and Wine” and “Pop Culture” type categories and cringe at most of the other ones, but still. The whole family has fun and we learn something new each time we watch. This is what we learned a few days ago….
The hole at the bottle of the wine bottle is called a “punt”. Some of you Southerners may know the hole as a “dimple” but it’s actually a punt. My good friend Kay just told me that the deeper the punt the better the wine!!! Not sure about that one, but at least I now know what a punt on a bottle of wine is for!
Originally, it was done because making the bottom of a hand-blown glass bottle completely flat was near impossible. So, they put the little dimple in the bottom so only the edge needed to be flat. It just kind of stuck. People use it when pouring wine and some wineries like bottles with really big punts.
Can you go through life without knowing this? Of course! But isn’t it more fun to know some bits of useless trivia!
I’m not buying the ‘bigger is better’ thing… – Melissa