‘Döllerer’s Flaschenpost’ (bottle post) is the name given to our wine newspaper in which we share our thoughts on wine with you. We report on the latest issues affecting the world of wine, present our renowned wine-growers and offer some fantastic bottles of wine up for grabs as part of our monthly offers.
Under the spotlight: small bottles
When we first approached the half-bottle project at Döllerer’s wine merchants 2 years ago, we set ourselves the goal of establishing a comprehensive assortment of small bottles on the wine menus of Austria within a year. This is simply a matter of playing catch-up with France where this has long been an established practice: to supply top quality wines in smaller containers. And now half-bottles are all the rage here too! Of course, they are not intended as an alternative to the 0.7 l bottles but rather as a sensible addition to the range, offering plenty of advantages:
In restaurants where bottles of wine are sold by the glass, these bottles may be left hanging around for a long time. With smaller bottles, guests do not have to be worry about the possibility of being served any watery gone-off remnants at the bottom of a bottle. Many connoisseurs would also like to reduce their alcohol intake without forgoing their top quality wines completely. It may then appeal to them to select a small bottle of top quality wine to enjoy with a meal which suits their personal preferences rather than having a glass which appeals less from an already open bottle. Half-bottles are also ideal for enjoying of an evening. Guests often fancy a sophisticated glass of wine yet a normal bottle can be too much. Small bottles are therefore the perfect accompaniment for any connoisseur!