Legs in Wine Tasting

When someone says that a wine has 'legs', what does it mean? Really it is a measure of the alcohol and thickness of the wine.

Try swirling a thick wine in a glass sometime. See how some of the wine sticks to the side of the glass and slowly drains down in thick rivulets? Those are the legs of the wine. Looking at the legs can give you some hints about the wine - perhaps that it is high in alcohol, or perhaps that it is very thick, as in a port or dessert wine.

Legs are just one of many things you note about a wine. It is not good or bad, it is just a characteristic.

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