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You see "legs," but do you know how to use them?


What does it mean when a wine has legs? Is it true that a wine can have “great legs”?

— Maggie M.

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Hi Maggie, the “legs” refer to droplets or streaks of liquid falling down the inside of the glass after swirling. It is a longtime myth that the quality of a wine can be determined by these “legs” (or “teardrops”), however, that myth has been busted. The appearance, size, and thickness (or viscosity) of a wine’s legs MIGHT be related to the amount of alcohol in a wine, but that’s about it. These “legs” occur as a result of contrasting evaporation points and surface tension between wine and water, and is affected by temperature. Sound complex? It is — so complex, in fact, that it was studied by NASA! Look for an in-depth article on wine legs coming up soon on Until then, have fun looking at them, but don’t let them influence your opinion — there’s much more to a wine than great legs.

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