wine legs

What are the “legs” in a wine?

Wine tasting is an art that not everyone can master. However, it is easy to learn certain key aspects so you can show off in front of your friends or simply out of love for this “world”. Today we are going to tell you one of those important aspects, which we have seen many times, but maybe we do not know why it happens and what information we can obtain from this method. We are talking about the wine “legs”, or “tears”.

Wine legs: a factor to keep in mind in tastings

The wine legs, or tears, are the route that leaves the wine on the walls of the glass. This path forms a groove in the glass, similar to a tear falling down the cheek, hence its name. Have you ever wondered why expert tasters shake the glass before trying the wine? This “ritual” is performed to check these tears, thanks to the vertical columns that are generated in the glass.

But what information do these “traces” give us? Thanks to them we can appreciate the fluidity of the wines that we are going to taste. To a greater presence of tears, we will see a wine being more unctuous, with more body and a silky texture on the palate. However, the legs are only the first step. To really discover the qualities of the wine, we need to try it.

What factors can affect the wine legs?

Why do some wines have stronger legs than others? The legs on the side of a glass can indicate either high alcohol content and/or high sugar content in wine. Wine legs are caused by alcohol evaporation from the sides of the glass.

Regarding the alcoholic strength, we are talking about two types of alcohol: ethanol and glycerol. Ethanol, which has greater presence, makes the tear more intense and persistent. On the other hand, glycerol, although it is less abundant than ethanol, it is responsible for giving the wine its unctuousness and, therefore, it also gives unctuousness to the legs.

However, not everything depends on alcohol. There are other external circumstances that are not related to the wine itself. The temperature and humidity, the state of the glass, if there are traces of detergents… All this can affect the legs of the wine and give us the wrong information.

Having said all this, we hope you have learned a bit more about wine tasting. Now you can surprise your friends thanks to the teachings of Beronia’s blog. Do not hesitate to recommend us!