Geek Speak

GEEK I Speak

PUNT /punt/ n.

"Punt" is the trade term for the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle. A l s o called a kick-up, its actual purpose is a subject of ongoing debate among oenophiles. There’s any number of theories: depending on who you ask, a punt’s purpose is to snag sediment, bend light for shelf appeal, create volumetric deception to convince consumers they’re getting more wine or simply stabilize the bottle on the table. Others attribute a practical purpose: to notch onto pegs fitted on bars and bottling lines to hold bottles in place—leaving one to wonder which came first, the kick-up or the peg. The most likely story, however, is that it’s a matter of nostalgia, a residual homage to the dimple inevitably created when bottles were hand blown.

Published on October 1, 2010

The latest wine reviews, trends and recipes plus special offers on wine storage and accessories