Lot’s of wine collectors are upset because many wineries are turning to heavier glass and bigger bottles in an attempt to distinguish themselves among consumers, who correlate better wine with bigger bottles. The problem for wine collectors is that these bigger bottles won’t fit in their wine racks, most of which is designed for standard Bordeaux-size bottles.
Larger bottle sizes can be frustrating. If you can’t fit large bottles – eg Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Turley Zinfandels, many Chardonnays, Champagne, etc. – in your racks, the only solution is to store these bottles in bulk storage areas that normally are set aside for Magnum bottles. Unless you have a lot of space dedicated to bulk storage (and most people don’t), you’ll quickly run out of storage room for these larger bottles.
The problem is taking on epic proportions. Some collectors are threatening to boycott wineries who use large bottles, while others already have stopped buying large bottles altogether.
It’s hard to fault the wineries for using larger bottles. They’re just trying to distinguish their products and stay ahead of consumer trends, which are good business practices. Wineries must pay higher prices for larger wine bottles, and also higher fright costs to ship their wine – so it’s likely that the wineries have done the cost/benefit analysis and have concluded that larger bottles make sense.
Manufacturers of wine cabinets and wine racks have an obligation to follow changes in consumer trends. At Le Cache, we only sell wine cabinets with Universal racking to accomodate larger bottle sizes. Our all-wood racks will handle large size bottles without ripping the labels or scratching the bottles, saving the bulk storage area for magnums and really big bottles.