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Can you explain the concept of legs something about the dripping of wine inside glass after you swirl it

Hi Lissette

You have it pretty much right.  When you swirl a wine around in the bowl of a glass, the wine first starts to sheet, and then forms drips along the side of the glass back into the bowl.  When the grapes are really ripe, and the alcohol levels are high, those drips (or legs) are thicker and move more slowly down the side of the glass.  This also happens when there is a bit of sugar in the wine to make it thicker.

It used to be a fairly good way to gauge the quality of a wine...because a generation ago, most winemakers picked their grapes earlier...and had thinner, lighter wines. These days there are few wines that fall into this category, and just about every wine has plenty of alcohol and nice, thick, shapely legs!

Hope that helps

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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