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When choosing a wine bottle color for bottling, are there any considerations to be made for protecting the wine quality? Do more translucent bottles allow more light in and destroy the wine, for example? Or can I safely choose a bottle color based on looks?


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The color of the glass used in a wine bottle affects the light that can permeate the bottle and affect the wine.  Different colors of glass permit different wavelength ranges of light to pass through the bottle to the wine.  Generally speaking, clear glass offers the least protection from light at the upper region of the UV spectrum.  Green glass is generally the most common type of glass used in wine bottles, and it offers better light protection than clear.  Amber glass offers even better protection than green.  

Exposure to light affects wine by causing the production of various sulfurous compounds which cause an unpleasant taste and odor.  The light also is said to breakdown certain tannins and flavor compounds that can affect perceived taste and quality of the wine.

Oct 28, 2013

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Lee McDonald from Encore Glass

Clear Flint offers least amount of protection for wine.

Oct 29, 2013

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