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Wine Calculator: How Many Bottles of Wine Does Your Dinner Party Need?

This wine calculator is part of The New Rules of Dinner Parties, a new collection of advice, recipes, and perspectives on one of the things we’ve missed the most. Read all the stories here.How much wine is “enough” wine for your dinner party? Here’s a handy drink calculator for you—actually, it’s solely a wine calculator.…

This wine calculator is part of The New Rules of Dinner Parties, a new collection of advice, recipes, and perspectives on one of the things we’ve missed the most. Read all the stories here.

How much wine is “enough” wine for your dinner party? Here’s a handy drink calculator for you—actually, it’s solely a wine calculator. Most people would say that the dinner is the most important part of a dinner party, but I would argue it’s having enough wine. It starts conversations, complements dishes (you didn’t burn), and keeps the party going. You can pull a Tim Allen and turn a turkey into a wildfire, and no one will care if there are plenty of bottles to go around.

How many glasses are in a bottle of wine?

To start, you need to know how many glasses are in a bottle of wine. This seems obvious, but considering we’ve all had nights where a whole bottle of red wine equals two very large mason jars of Cab Franc while hate-watching Love Actually, it’s important to break it down.

A bottle of wine is 750 milliliters, which works out to approximately 25 ounces. The suggested serving size of wine is five ounces, which would mean each bottle has five glasses. If you want to stick to that math, that is perfectly fine, although, personally, I don’t believe five ounces is a glass of wine. I think it’s a joke. Who pours exactly five ounces of wine? No one. If you work from the five-glasses-per-bottle logic, you almost always come up short. According to my very professional opinion, a 750 mL bottle of wine works out to be about four glasses of wine, and two chugs straight from the bottle you are awarded as the dinner party host.

What’s that funky orange wine they’re drinking? Read more about it here.

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