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Class 1: Intro to Tasting: White Wine

SEE: Clarity, Color, Intensity, Legs

When you read or hear someone talk about "legs" or "tears," they are referring to the rivulets of wine that form and then flow down the inside of a wine glass after the wine has been swirled.

Like intensity, legs tell us something about a wine: The more pronounced the legs and the longer they last, the higher the alcohol content and the more full-bodied the wine is.

Legs are always fun to look at, but they do not tell us anything about the quality of a wine; a fuller-bodied wine is not necessarily better than a lighter-bodied wine nor is a wine with a higher alcohol content better than a wine with a lower alcohol content.


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