You have to wonder how many people really like those super-sized wine bottles that most of the ultra-high-end Napa Cabernets come in (though the hefty bottle phenomenon is by no means limited to California). I know many of the vintners who use them like them. Maybe they're saving money on a gym membership by hauling them around all day.
People tend to like these super-size bottles because their weight and thickness make them feel luxuriously expensive, which they are. (Their carbon footprint is pretty sizable, too.)
One of the quirks to these thick, weighty bottles is that they never feel empty. Put another way, they always feel like there's still a half-bottle left, or at least a pour, even when they've been drained.
A friend confessed that he had had one of those special moments with a bottle of Schrader Cabernet at a party recently. Guests were pouring from 750ml bottles (not the even weightier 1.5-liter Old Sparky), and the long-emptied bottle fooled many. People kept picking it up and attempting to get another pour out of it. (To be fair, the empty bottle weighed a whopping 4.3 pounds.)
After the party, my friend found a bottle, picked it up, and was thrilled that it was still half-full. He decided to gas it to preserve it for the next day. His daughter was the bearer of bad news. "What are you doing, Dad?" she asked. "The bottle's empty."
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