How observant are you, really ?
Those who have participated in an organized wine tasting or have visited a wine fair they certainly have heard many terminologies around the glass of wine that they hold in their hand. It is possible that expressions like "Look at those tears!" are frequently used.
Tears or wine legs are one of the first things that we observe in our wine. We perceive them visually, that is the first sense that is always used to describe a wine.
Gentle agitation of the glass manually creates tears in the glass as wine returns by gravity to the bottom. Many believe that the density, the length of tears and height determine the quality of the wine. I wonder, is this true?
The answer is no!
No matter how nice it is to watch the tears of wine in your glass, you cannot, under any circumstances, draw conclusions about its quality.
Legs or, otherwise, tears come of the alcohol or sugar content of the wine. The difference of the temperature of the wine and the glass and the compound of different liquids with different compositions such as alcohol and water, the two most important and basic components of wine, cause the creation of tears on the glass walls.
Thus, a simple and quick conclusion to a wine with intense and dense tears in your glass is likely to have a high degree of alcohol or high sugar content. Certainly, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions before you smell and try it. Always use all your senses! Appearances are often deceptive!