Wine Terms: Legs of Wine
The first time I heard someone mention the legs of wine I thought they were crazy. Now I know just how sane they were. I didn't know that watching wine drip down a glass could be so beautiful. Besides, this makes talking about wine legs sound much more attractive and seductive.
Full bodied wines drip slowly down a glass due to glycerin that is formed during fermentation. While a lighter bodied wine will dissipate quickly and doesn't hold together as it drips down the glass.
A good picture of this is water versus cream. Water will quickly leave the sides of a glass and join its contents below. Cream drips slowly, its more viscous and takes its time. Meandering into the glass below.
Wines do the same thing and when a wine meanders, it is more full bodied and: It has great legs.
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