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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.


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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