That Wine Got Legs!

There is a lot more to understand what they actually are, what causes them and, probably most important, what they tell you about the wine you are about to enjoy. There is a lot of science behind it, so buckle up. We are going for a ride.
Wine legs, or maybe tentacles, tears or fingers are the droplets that form and run down the inside of the glass after you swirl or tip for a sip.

The alcohol (technically ethanol) found in wine evaporates faster than the water content, and as the thin layer of wine evaporates from the walls of your swirled glass, it increases surface tension. The higher-tension wine on the walls draws up the low-tension stuff down below.

This process can happen quickly before your eyes, and it looks kind of magical. A warmer environment – like when you hold the glass in your palms – will speed up the reaction. Try it!

Once enough wine collects on the glass walls, it forms droplets that tumble back down the walls creating legs.

Do thick legs mean better wine?
No, legs don’t tell you anything about a wine`s quality. Thicker legs, however, tell you if you have a bottle that`s higher in alcohol content. Since higher sugar content increases wine`s viscosity, thicker, slower legs also tell you that it has more sugar content. That doesn`t necessarily mean wine will be sweeter, but for some people prone to wine headaches – which are triggered by alcohol and sugar content – thick legs could mean you`re in for a doozy.

Learning comes by doing. So grab a glass, a few friends and uncork a bottle together!

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