By Kori ~ July 31st, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is legs (sometimes referred to as tears).
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Tears is a tasting term used to describe the behavior of the surface liquid layer that is observable in a glass of relatively strong wine. The wine wets the inside of a clean glass and climbs up a few millimeters. At the upper edge of the thin layer on the inside wall patches of the film thicken, become more drop-like, and eventually roll back down the inside wall to the liquid surface. These traces of what look like particularly viscous droplets are also sometimes called â€˜legs,â€™ and may give some indication of a wineâ€™s alcoholic strength.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
When you swirl a glass of wine or take a sip and then hold the glass upright and still, the residual â€œclearâ€ liquid that you notice slowly dripping down the inside of the glass is called legs. Legs are simply an indication of alcohol. They are not an indicator of a wineâ€™s quality.
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