What is about a grand staircase, a high ceiling, or a long driveway? They’re dramatic. They’re memorable. They’re awe-inspiring.
For a stupendous gift for Valentine’s Day, your anniversary or important celebration, think big! Consider a large-format bottle of Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux or Napa wine. The largest sizes are rare, but you can find a Jeroboam or double magnum for $200-$500.
NV means non-vintage, and is less expensive than vintage wine that has a year on the label indicating when its grapes were grown. NV is usually a blend of the most recent plus some older vintages of wine. NV is still delicious.
A magnum ages at a slower rate than a standard 750 ml bottle because the air-to-wine ratio is lower, and larger format bottles are usually filled with wine from standard bottles. The larger issue with these formats may be their weight!
So that you’re equipped to purchase a large-format bottle, with a larger-than-life name:
|4||3||Jeroboam||Double Magnum||Two kings of Israel|
|6||4.5||Rehoboam||Jeroboam||Son and successor to Solomon|
|8||6||Methuselah||Imperial||Mentioned in Genesis, lived 187 years|
|16||12||Balthazar||—||One of three Magi|
|20||15||Nebuchadnezar||—||King of Babylon who made the Hanging Gardens for his wife|
|24||18||Melchior||—||One of three Magi|