Wine Viscosity, does it have legs?

There’s nice debate a couple of wine’s viscosity being indicative of its high quality. There are two distinct faculties of thought surrounding this concern, every believing the opposite is unsuitable. Earlier than we delve into either side lets clear up some definitions.

“Swirl your wine, maintain it up, see if a pleasant set of legs develop and choose accordingly, simply don’t overlook the opposite 2/3rds of wine judging, smelling and tasting.”

Viscosity: Refers to a wines consistency. If a wine may be very viscous it is going to seem thick and syrupy, a wine with low viscosity will seem watery.

Legs: Refers back to the droplets of wine that sticks to the aspect of a glass after the wine has been swirled. As these droplets drip again in direction of the floor of the wine they go away a path or ‘legs’, the French have a way more romantic title for them and check with them as ‘Tears’.

Physique: Refers back to the really feel of the wine, a full bodied wine will probably be very viscous or ‘thick’. A medium or mild bodied wine will really feel lighter or ‘skinny’. Excessive ranges of sugar (glycerols) and alcohol (ethanol) contribute to a fuller physique.

For years wine snobs have labelled wines as high quality or low high quality merely based mostly on the existence of sturdy ‘legs’ or ‘weak legs’. Then alongside comes scientific analysis that proves that the presence of a pleasant set of legs on a wine has extra to do with it’s alcohol to water ratio, floor rigidity, evaporation fee and an entire bunch of different physics phrases. Now the 2 sides refuse to get alongside, one branding the opposite as pretentious farcical snobs and the opposite as quantity crunching nerds who know nothing of wine.

The reality of the matter is that the nerds and the snobs are each proper. The science guys are proper once they say {that a} wine with a excessive alcohol to water content material and a good quantity of glycerol will develop higher legs on the aspect of a glass on account of all of the floor rigidity and evaporation fee stuff. Now ask any of the wine snobs and aficionados what they contemplate the traits of a superb wine and most of them will say that physique is extremely essential. That’s proper physique, bear in mind physique (really feel and thickness); the results of a superb stage of alcohol and glycerol, the identical issues that the nerds say causes all that physics stuff.

So don’t be afraid to be a snob, particularly now you can again it up scientifically. Swirl your wine, maintain it up, see if a pleasant set of legs develop and choose accordingly, simply don’t overlook the opposite 2/3rds of wine judging, smelling and tasting.