Wine Word of the Week: Punt

By Kori ~ June 12th, 2012.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is punt.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Punt is the optional indentation in the bottom of wine bottles, particularly common in bottles of sparkling wine.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
If you are a sports fan, I’m sure you think of punt in terms of football. But punt has another meaning in the world of wine. Punt is the indentation in the bottom of wine bottles. Sparkling wines tend to have deeper punts. On standard bottles of still wine, deeper punts are sometimes used to make the bottles look bigger.  And some people use the punt as a place to put their thumb, while their other four fingers are on the outside of the bottle, as they serve the wine.

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