A punt is the indentation or “dimple” on the bottom of a wine bottle. Years ago when wine bottles were blown by hand, the punt was a result of the bottle making procedures. Nobody seems to know why the punt is present on modern day bottles but … like almost every other wine topic …it’s heavily debated.
Here’s a few explanations:
- Indents the point so you don’t scratch the table when setting down the bottle
- Stabilizes the bottle so it’s less likely to get knocked over
- Makes it easier to pour the wine by providing a place to put your thumb
- Makes the bottles stackable for ease of transport
- Amasses the sediment so it isn’t poured out with the wine
- etc. etc. …
Punts are more common on bottles of red wine than white, lending credibility to the sediment theory. The punt is also sometimes referred to as the kick or kick-up.
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