Weekly wine defined: Magnum

This week we’re looking atMagnum.

This is a wine term you’ve probably heard before, but what exactly does it mean?

Often when the word “magnum” is used it’s in reference to indicate something is large, or above scale.

In the wine world it’s to indicate bottle size. It’s the equivalent of two “regular” sized bottles of wine.

While that might seem like a lot, as we’ve already defined, a magnum is on the miniature side of the scale of wine bottles.

Already you’ve learned about the Double Magnum size — two steps up from the Magnum — from there the next step is a Jeroboam or Rehoboam (6 bottles), Methuselah (8 bottles), Salmanazar (12 bottles), Balthazar (16 bottles), Nebuchadnezzar (20 bottles), Mechior or Solomon (24 bottles), Sovereign (34 bottles), and Primat (36 bottles).