Wine Word of the Week: Case



By Kori ~ December 12th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is case.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Beer and milk may be sold in crates but, contrary to popular usage, wine is sold in cases. A case typically holds a dozen bottles, the basic trading unit in the fine wine trade and much of the wholesale wine trade. It is posited that the case contains 12 bottles because that is as many as a man can comfortably carry.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
A case of wine contains twelve bottles. Many retailers offer a discount if you purchase a case.


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