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Deeper Dimples, Pricier Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2005-02-28 00:15:45 (16809 views)

A scientist in the UK has proved it...the deeper the dimple at the bottom of the wine bottle, the more expensive the wine. There's even a mathematical formula to represent the correlation....

When friends argued that the depth of the dimple on the bottom of a wine bottle had no relation to its price, UK scientist Dr. Karl Blanks, a graduate of Cambridge, decided to do some research. He turned first to the Internet, which not only failed to back him up, it sometimes described the notion as urban myth.

Unconvinced, Dr. Blanks made a home-made dimplemeter and hit the local wine shops. He found a definite relationship between dimple depth and bottle price. Here's the formula:

Price of Bottle = (Dimple Depth in Millimetres + $6.65) / 4.314

Fellow scientists across the globe checked it out, and confirmed the validity of his results. You can even check out his graph.


Posted by Anonymous on 2005-03-09 16:12:37
If I'm not mistaken, it's called a "punt". There are many different theories on its purpose (see: I tend to believe, as many enthusiasts do, the deeper the punt, the more surface area the wine is exposed to, and wine that is designed to age is of higher quality and therefor will have deeper "dimples" to allow for more surface area for aging. So it makes perfect sense that higher-quality wines will have bigger dimples. It's a sign of the wine's ageworthiness.

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