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Q: champagne ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: champagne
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Restaurants and City Guides
Asked by: sharp987-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 28 Sep 2004 03:39 PDT
Expires: 28 Oct 2004 03:39 PDT
Question ID: 407329
what is a 'split champagne', & what does 'split' mean?
Subject: Re: champagne
Answered By: sgtcory-ga on 28 Sep 2004 04:05 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello sharp987,

The term 'split' actually refers to the size of the champagne bottle.
If you take a look at this online list , you'll see that there are
numerous sizes - many of which I never knew existed :

Champagne Bottle Sizes (under the heading "The most technical Wine")

Other names for this bottle size include 'quarter' and 'piccolo'. If
you look up the definition of 'piccolo', you'll find the term a good
match for the size :

Definition of piccolo at
"..considerably smaller than the usual size..."

Here's some more information I found useful : (Great resource table for sizes)

To assist with this answer, I used Google to research the following terms :

split champagne

split bottle

Thanks for the intriguing question. Please let me know if you need
further clarification or more resources. I'll do all I can to assist.


Clarification of Answer by sgtcory-ga on 28 Sep 2004 04:20 PDT
Here is a little more clarification on what the term 'split' actually means :

Wine TidBits
"...A split comes from the same logic as a tenth, half a regular
bottle where a regular bottle is a fifth as it holds a fifth of a
gallon. Hence the half bottle being a tenth."

Thanks again,
sharp987-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent answer to question.

Subject: Re: champagne
From: archae0pteryx-ga on 29 Sep 2004 23:52 PDT the expression, when you place your order, isn't "a split
champagne" but "a split OF champagne," just as you'd ask for "a fifth
of whiskey."  It's a unit of measure.

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