As a Wine Club Member, I usually have a few empty wine bottles. Ponte has a recycling program – just bring your empty Ponte wine bottle back to the winery, and they will give you $1 off your next wine purchase. But, since I moved to Idaho I have found it a little hard to get into Ponte to recycle by bottles. So, for those of you who can’t get to the winery, or who would like to reuse instead of recycle, here are a few of my favorite ideas!
Wine bottles make great stem holders, especially for wildflowers. I love to combine the different shapes of the Ponte bottles – like the Moscato, Isabel and Fume Blanc – and using as a table centerpiece. A trio works well for round tables, while a scattered row the length of the table works best for rectangular tables.
Empty wine bottles make great candleholders. I love using them to add extra lighting at our backyard barbecues.
Olive Oil Herbal Blends
Fill a clean, empty wine bottle with olive oil and your favorite dried herbs. Recork the wine and let it blend for a few days before using, or just keep it for decoration. And, they make great holiday gifts!
Wine bottles make great bookend…if you remember to add a little bit of weight! Water or sand both work. With or without the labels, I think this adds great vintage charm and helps to organize your bookshelf!
Wine Bottle Rolling Pin
Nothing goes better than wine and cooking, so this is a great use for a wine bottle! Fill it with cold water and it will make rolling out pastry a snap!
Wine bottles are a great way to store rice, lentils and other dried beans in the pantry. The small mouth of the bottle makes them easy to pour into measuring cups. To label, you can use a sticker or if it is something that you will be switching out frequently, a little chalkboard paint.
And if you have a creative idea for reusing Ponte wine bottles, we would love to hear them!
Elizabeth Liemandt, Wine Club Contributor