Why at the bottom of a wine bottle is not flat?
You've probably noticed that the bottles of wine bottom of the concave. Where did this tradition has gone, what in the bottom of the bottles began to make concave? Let's try to understand.
France has always been considered not just the center of the world of wine, but also the legislator of the rules in this area. It is not surprising that the tradition to give the concave bottom of a wine bottle, too, has gone from France. This concavity on the bottom and was called Punt serves several purposes.
Ease of transportation
Mindful of the classics that the musketeers did not leave with a bottle of Burgundy, and in high society (this is later) chose champagne. Each area was famous for its wine, and drank it, not only in France but also far beyond its borders. French wines were exported throughout Europe and even in distant Russia, and eventually the ocean. Thus, there is a need for the delivery of wine to consumers in a safe and sound.
transport means were mostly carts, wagons, vans and the like, and the road at the time on a bumpy and tryaskosti far superior to modern Russia. To deliver hundreds of thousands of dozen bottles without loss, they should be securely fixed. But for this and served Punt: serving cork bottle rested against the bottom vperedilezhaschey, and created a pretty good fix, plus another bottle shifted straw, so as not to pobilis.
Hide the presence of sediment
The winemakers of the time is not yet possessed modern technology, and the equipment they had was not like this, so that the process of the birth of the wine was a natural way, as a side effect of this process was the formation of large amounts of sediment. It spoils the aesthetic impression, drink a pellet, of course, no one wanted to, as well as wait for it to subside. Punt remarkably solved this problem: the precipitate flocked and lightly compacted into a narrow cavity around the convex portion of the bottoms, and not get into the wine itself.
Convenience for bottles
When the wine of ancient amphorae finally migrated to the glass bottles, they became mass production, but continued to remain tame. Glassworks provide winemakers needs, but the main snag was the bottom - make it in each bottle without protrusions and seams, completely flat, it was technically extremely difficult, and then turned into a disadvantage advantage - Punt. For owners of zucchini that was even beneficial, as it allows to save on the client for which bottles of capacity difference was noticeable.
But it was in France, but the Germans, who thought they were far more experienced glass blowers, from the bottom of the bottles of the neighbors does exactly peak. And in the more northern countries, where there was such a developed culture of wine and alcohol rather it refers to the category of vodka, such nuances as Punt, in the production of bottle were observed.
To the champagne did not shoot
The ability to open a bottle of champagne, so it is not fired and did not spilled, and above the neck appeared only light smoke, it is not as common. And all of the carbon dioxide that accumulates in the bottle with sparkling wine, creating an overpressure. This is where it is particularly important the stability of the bottle, which just provides a concave bottom.
And finally - a favorite trick of Yuri Nikulin. If the meal was champagne, it offers a welcome betting drink champagne from a sealed bottle. Hunters are always argue, and resourceful Nikulin just turned the bottle, poured into the recess on the bottom of the wine bottle from the other, and thus, always won the bet.