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Class 2: Tasting Reds

SEE: Clarity, Color, Intensity, Legs

Legs are the rivulets of wine that form and flow down the inside of a wine glass after the wine has been swirled.

Legs are indicators of body weight, but not wine quality. The more pronounced the legs and the longer they last, the higher the alcohol content and the more full-bodied the wine is.

How to Swirl



  1. Swirl your glass of Beaujolais for a moment and then stop.
  2. Observe the legs as they form.
  3. Are the legs faint and short-lived, or pronounced and long-lasting?
  4. Make a note on your Tasting Worksheet.

Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Now take your glass of Cabernet, swirl it and watch its legs form.
  2. Are they...

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