I’ve spent this past evening sniffing around the internets Googling wine myths and it seems everyone and their dog is fascinated with wine’s legs or tears.
Some say the higher the alcohol content, the bigger the tears. Problem is, I don’t cry really. I usually just stagger around a bit; slur my words, my ears and cheeks turn bright red and I might get the giggles. Word is I may have danced on a table once but please don't tell my mother.
Seriously, tears, legs, call ‘em what you will, those runny trails of liquid on the inside of your glass after you’ve swirled a glass or two. Or twelve. Seems nobody knows what these leggy teary things really are. In one contradiction after another, wine experts and bloggers attempt to explain this apparent phenomenon:
Top 10 Wine Myths - Josh - PinotBlogger.com - Josh says the larger the legs the more alcohol in your wine.
Avoid Common Wine Myths - BetterTastingWine.com - says fuller-bodied wines have slower legs. It's all about body - not booze content.
6 Myths About Wine - Lettie Teague - Oprah.com - Lettie says legs ARE all about viscosity or level of alcohol content.
Top 10 Wine Myths - Jathan MacKenzie (of winexpression.com) - 2009 - TopTenz.net - Jathan says legs have nothing to do with viscosity or quality of the wine.
Myth Busting - Tim Vandergrift - 2008 - WineMakerMag.com - Tim says legs are all about the quantity of ethanol in a liquid solution. Hmmmm...
Here's the thing. My point is not to make fun of any of the above-mentioned - they've all just further confused the heck out of me. So, I'm off to my fridge to find some legs ...
And guess what? I found them. Lots and lots and lots of them. (Forgive me - by the time I snapped the pictures, for the most part, my samples had finished with all of their dripping and crying business.)
Between you and me, I’m thinking this obsession with wine legs was probably really dreamed up as some sort of parlour trick back in the 18th Century so cheeks could be pecked and pockets could be picked. I bet that's it. Raise a glass, take a swirl and watch those splendid drippy legs in absolute wonder while your worldly neighbour, the fellow who introduced you to this new routine, cops a feel of your daughter.
Seriously. I have seen wine legs so I know they do exist, but are they a true means of measuring the quality of your drink - or are they really all about syrup and/or sugar content? I'm left scratching my head...
Do legs matter? Are they legit?