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Old 12-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default clear bottles?

not really a wine drinker, but have been starting to sample.
i am going to be brewing some different wines and am collecting bottles for future endeavors i just got a case of Cavit Pinot Gregio bottles 1.5L
my question is what to put in them and what not to?

i searched and couldnt find anything on bottle color..

actually interested in what color bottles for what wine all around also.

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Old 12-21-2009, 08:17 PM   #2
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no don't use clear bottles. wine can get light struck. bottle your wine in wine bottles.

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Old 12-21-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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If you store your wine appropriately (in a dark cellar, for example), the color of bottle isn't very important. A 1.5L bottle is a huge bottle, though! Wine oxidizes very fast, so if you open a bottle you generally want to finish it within a couple of hours. It'll be a much different wine the next day.

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Old 12-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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hmm guess i will save one or two for blow offs.

is there a problem bottling both red and white in green bottles?

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No, green bottles are just fine. Traditionally white wines are in clear, and red in colored glass, but there really isn't a reason for clear bottles anyway. In my opinion, even white wines should be protected from light. As another poster mentioned, wines can get light struck.

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cool green it is..
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:38 AM   #7
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I do have a few bottles of wine in clear, but I put brown paper from a grocery bag around it-- I have been saving all my blue glass bottles(Leelanau Cellars Winter White) from my favorite wine and will be using them to bottle my meads when they get done bulk aging. (knock on wood!)
But it is nice to know that even whites should be in colored bottles.
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I'll use any color bottle and I haven't had a problem. Of course, I have a dark place to store them...

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Me too. I use whatever I can get my hands on, and I've yet to have a problem.

On a side note, wineries that give out samples are a great place to get your hands on cases of free bottles. In most states, they can't legally reuse the bottles once they've used them. I have never been turned down when I ask for bottles. Can usually get 1-4 cases per winery. Never been asked to pay either. (But I do tip the server well)

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On a side note, wineries that give out samples are a great place to get your hands on cases of free bottles. In most states, they can't legally reuse the bottles once they've used them. I have never been turned down when I ask for bottles. Can usually get 1-4 cases per winery. Never been asked to pay either. (But I do tip the server well)
Thanks for the tip!
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