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Half bottles


#1

How many of you are buyers of half bottles?

Apart from dessert wine I have never bought wine by the half bottle before but I have just ordered 12 half bottles of 2015 Ch. Les Ormes de Pez (not from TWS).

Too often I am (shock horror) struggling to finish a bottle as I end up drinking on my own as my wife doesn’t fancy a glass or doesn’t fancy drinking red. So the idea of being able to open a half bottle is something that could be very practical for me.

Part of the problem is that the choice is very limited when buying in this size, which is why I jumped at the chance of this particular wine which has scored well and is below £13 per bottle duty paid and on the table.

Is there a bigger market out there for half bottles? Is this something that TWS buyers are looking at increasing the selection of?


#2

I’m in a similar position to yourself @MrNXM but I tend not to buy half bottles for two reasons. One the limited choice so, for that limited choice, I tend to think why bother when I can’t do it with the majority and secondly, being an old skin flint, I don’t like paying the extra especially as it seems to be generally 10% or more extra.

That’s why I’m looking for other ways of keeping. Currently find this works well:


I may well get one of these eto decanters if/when they eventually ship.

One advantage of the half bottle that does almost persuade me is that I sometimes get impatient to try a different wine, especially if the current open bottle is less that exciting.


#3

I’m in a similar position, in that my wife generally doesn’t drink red wine. I drink 250ml of wine a day, so I get through a bottle in three days. So a half bottle really wouldn’t work since 375ml would be too much for me. This all may sound fanciful to younger folk, but I now find it unwise to drink too much.

The limitation seems to be that small bottles (175 or 250ml?) are just available for a small selection of cheap table wines in the supermarket, while half bottles are generally more expensive and again just a small selection. Is that because, in former times, half bottles were made for restaurants, so were often more expensive wines?


#4

My intention is definitely to buy more wines by the half bottle for the same reason as you. I am not sure why for EP you cannot chose the format you want… it is not yet in bottle after all.


#5

I tend to drink a bit less than yourself, so one bottle lasts me 5-7 days. Those antiox stoppers do a pretty good job of keeping the wine.

The main frustration for me is having to drink the same wine for that many days. :sleeping:


#6

It seems that there is a call then for more choice of decent quality wine sold by the half bottle. As I said in my original post, when I saw this particular wine at this price for half bottles I said yes straight away as it is normally a struggle to find something decent in this format.

So question to @laura and society staff, is this something we can expect to see more of?


#7

Might be worth looking into one of those ‘ETO’ decanters which are coming out soon, I know that I will be looking to get one at some point :slight_smile:


#8

Yes, @M1tch but they seem to be slipping again. I was under the impression that the original launch was going to be July, then September and now we’re nearly out of September. Very frustrating!


#9

Was pleased to discover half bottles of Jadot Macon-Village in Morrisons the other day. Very drinkable…


#10

For EP BDX a lot of merchants do offer half bottles (slight premium of course), so not sure why TWS doesnt. Other regions seem a bit trickier, but i guess they tend to be smaller producers than you might see in Bordeaux.


#11

ETO decanters and other similar stoppers only allow you a limited extra time to drink the rest of the bottle. Coravin obviously is different.

However, if you are drinking on your own then very often a half bottle over 2 or 3 days is perfect. You don’t necessarily want to have a full bottle over a week or two.


#12

I do try to have a few halves always in stock (and just bought 5 from TWS: TWS and French supermarkets seem to be the only places which always have supplies). Two of us drink half a bottle a night, but don’t always come out with an even number of days of reds and whites before going away for a couple of weeks.


#13

I now have a half bottle and a 250ml ex balsamic vinegar bottle, both with screw caps, to decant remainders into. I could do with a 50cl that isn’t some kind of antisocial shape. This is the best solution I have found. I am also waiting for an eto


#14

TWS have a dozen or more - all definitely worth drinking. Last year as part of a health ‘thing’ (drink less but better) I tried a month or two of them but to be honest got bored. Financially they don’t really make sense, and I reasoned that for the same price I could get a full bottle and simply use the ‘spare’ for cooking.

They are GREAT if stuck on a train journey for 2 to 3 hours (I do Leeds to London once a month and come back in the evening) - with an M&S sarny. Time flies by - don’t forget a corkscrew.


#15

Here is a filtered list of all of the half bottles we currently have:

https://www.thewinesociety.com/searchProducts.aspx?q=&hPP=15&idx=products_price_asc&p=0&dFR[BottleSize][0]=37.50cl%20%20(Half%20Bottle)&is_v=1

There are also a few mixed cases as well.


#16

I love half bottles and try and stock up when in France . It’s makes a lot so sense for me as I’m on my own a lot and don’t want to drink the same wine all week . I admit I’ve never bought halves from TWS as there is definitely more value from buying from abroad.


#17

Also does anyone know if I can put a case of half bottles in reserves? or does it have to be 75cls?? I would ask member services… but well…


#18

You can put halves in Members Reserves :slightly_smiling_face:Unfortunately as I’m now in my dining room and not at my desk I can’t double check the exact particulars! You definitely can put in a straight case and I’m pretty sure you can make up your own case in the same way as with 75cl bottles but will double check (hopefully tomorrow :crossed_fingers:t2:) and let you know!


#19

Thanks Catherine, that’s great :+1:


#20

You definitely can, no restrictions whatsoever. I actually put a case of 24 of halves of TWS White Burgundy to help more flexibly withdraw my other wine…