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Wine Serving Tips

Let us help take the mystery out of wine serving etiquette. Check out the tips below to feel like a true expert at your next gathering.

How to Open a Wine Bottle

Join Host Kay Malaske in this Quick Tutorial

Ever wondered if there's a 'right' way to open a bottle of wine with a corkscrew? Kay breaks down the basics to make you look like an expert every time!

Party Planning Hints

  • Reserve a minimum of one or two bottles of each wine for 4-6 guests
  • Chill all white wines in the refrigerator the night before your event and open one of each to begin the evening
  • Use a decanter for your red wines before your guests arrive (so that you can spend more time mingling!)

Serving Large Bottles

Open a large format wine (1.5L, 3.0L, 6.0L, etc.) to add an elegant touch to your next dinner party. Set large format bottles upright a day in advance to let the sediment fall to the bottom of the bottle. Use a decanter for your large format wines and open the bottles before your guests are due to arrive.

How Many Bottles Do You Need?

A standard bottle of wine (750 ml) holds five 5 oz. glasses of wine. Generally, this will serve between 2-4 people. A Magnum bottle also known as 1.5L is equal to two standard bottles of wine, and will serve 4-5 people. Each bottle doubles in size from there - a 3.0L, which is also known as a Jeroboam or Double Magnum will serve 6-8 people and a 6.0L or Imperial, will serve 12-16 people.

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Standard Bottle


Standard Bottle equals five 5oz glasses

5 - 5oz Glasses

Serves 2 - 4 people

Serves 2-4

Magnum - 1.5L


1.5 Liters

Magnum equals 2 standard bottles

2 Standard Bottles

Magnum Serves 4 - 5 People

Serves 4-5

 Double Magnum or Jeroboam equals 3L

Double Magnum or Jeroboam

3 Liters

 Double Magnum or Jeroboam equals 4 standard bottles

4 Standard Bottles

 Double Magnum or Jeroboam serves 6 - 8

Serves 6-8

Imperial equals 6L


6 Liters

Imperial equals 8 standard bottles

8 Standard Bottles

Imperial serves 12-16

Serves 12-16