What do you do with your used wine bottles?
- jthogg Sep 12, 2008 09:00 AM
Recycle? Keep them to display somewhere? Just curious. I toss out the everyday bottles and keep the bottles with a label I like.
Recycle, unless the bottle is art, like Dolce or the Perrier-Jouet Fleur. But I recycle those too, either using the Dolce bottle for olive oil, or dish soap (wth a pourer/stopper) or giving it away. If the bottle has sentimental value -- like the Perrier-Jouet Fleur Rose Champagne that we drunk for an anniversary (it was given to us), I may use it awhile as a flower vase, but I can be kinda corny. Eventually that bottle went to a friend who used it in a sculpture.
If I kept every bottle with a label I like, I don't think I'd have a place to sleep.
Might be easier to remove the labels, and recycle the bottles. Once in awhile, I keep a bottle to use as a water carafe.
I bring them to the beer store for the refund, usually once a month.
Saying that, i also have one I kept for everyday olive oil, a few clear ones I use for water, and the smaller 200-375 ice wine bottles or half bottles get kept to infuse olive oils in. Simple fill bottle with say rosemary, fill with olive oil, put a cork back in it then forget about it for a while.
Labels, I usually take off the ones I like and put them in a book to keep them flat (not glued into a book but just placed in between some pages.)
Once upon a time you would take the bottles back to the store and buy loose wine.
Next best: take them to Italy and watch out for the signs "Vendita vino sfuso".