Yes, it really does. Check out how happy my friend Denise Medrano (The Wine Sleuth) is, for instance. The size of the smile on Denise’s face is directly proportional to the size of the bottle…

The bigger the bottle, for instance, the longer the wine will age well. There’s less space (not oxygen, because that was removed and refilled with Nitrogen) at the top of the bottle. With less space at the top, it gives the wine a longer time to age.

Know Your Sizes

Wine bottle names and their capacity is always a fun question for those trivia moments.

Split ~ 186 milliliters ~ 1/4 bottle

Half bottle ~ 375 milliliters

Bottle/Fifth ~ 1 bottle

Magnum ~ 2 bottles


  • Jeroboam ~ 4 bottles
  • Rehoboam ~ 6 bottles
  • Methuselah ~ 8 bottles
  • Salmanazar ~ 12 bottles
  • Balthazar ~ 16 bottles
  • Nebuchadnezzer ~ 20 bottles
  • Sovereign ~ 33.33 bottles


  • Double Magnum ~ 4 bottles
  • Jeroboam ~ 6 bottles
  • Imperial ~ 8 bottles
  • Salmanazar ~ 12 bottles

Based on Biblical Names

  • Jeroboam ~ Was the first king of the Israelite Kingdom of Israel from 922 to 901 BC, after the revolt of the 10 northern Israelite tribes against Rehoboam. This put an end to the United Monarchy.
  • Rehoboam ~ Was the king of the United Monarchy of Israel, and later of the Kingdom of Judah. After the 10 northern tribes of Israel rebelled in 932 – 931 BC, he formed the independent Kingdom of Israel.
  • Methuselah ~ The oldest person (969 years) in the Bible, is the grandfather of Noah.
  • Salmanazar ~ King of Assyria under the name of Shalmaneser. There are conflicting dates given, but this gives you a range of his reign possibilities: either 1274 BC – 1245 BC, or 1265 BC – 1235 BC.
  • Balthazar ~ The name commonly attributed to one of the Three Wise Men.
  • Nebuchadnezzer ~ The ruler of Babylon (Chaldean Dynasty), he reigned from 605 BC to 562 BC. He conquered Judah and Jerusalem, and sent Jewish people into exile.

The following image is borrowed from Lost Canyon Winery in Cloverdale.