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The term "legs" or "tears" refers to the thin streams of liquid that trail down the inside surface of the wine glass after wine is sipped.

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It has long been erroneously suggested than more "legs" or "tears" in a wine are indicative of superior sweetness or quality. While this is untrue, they can function as indicators of a wine's alcohol content (more and/or thicker legs are characteristic of high-alcohol wines). The mere presence or state of "legs" or "tears," however, offers no definitive information about a wine's quality, and shouldn't be interpreted as such.

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