A lot. Bottle shapes are used to identify the wine inside. They won’t tell you if it’s any good — you’ll have to determine that yourself. Lucky you.
The Claret / Bordeaux Bottle
This bottle is defined by its high shoulders. (Think: the silhouette of a linebacker.) Expect to find Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, pinot grigios, Malbecs, and Sauvignon blancs in here; it’s the most common bottle shape in production.
The Burgundy Bottle
The Burgundy has shoulders, but they’re gently tapered — less football player, more futbol player. Uncork a bottle, and you’ll find a pinot noir, Beaujolais, Chardonnay, or a number of oaked whites inside.
The Mosel / Hock Bottle
These bottles are slim, slender and delicate, an apt reflection of the dessert wines and Rieslings within.