The indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt. No clue why it's called that, but its shape made sense in the olden days when bottles were hand-fashioned by glassblowers. But there are some good reasons for keeping the punt, including...
- A thin-walled bottom could easily break
- For sparkling wines, the punt increases the strength of the bottle
- Extra weight at the bottom of the bottle gives the bottle more stability
Personally, I like the other end better, you know, the end where the wine comes out...
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