Often I'm asked a very good question regarding the tears or legs that appear on the side of the wine glass after swirling. If you have been tasting wine for awhile, you have probably heard the terms. Although tears or legs sounds like a fancy wine term, it is referring to the Marangoni effect. The Marangoni effect simply stated refers to the tension gradient between two fluids due to surface tension. For example, the different rate of fluid transfer, in this case water vs. alcohol both found in our wine, flowing down the side of our glass. Again, simply stated, the longer the tears or legs the higher the alcohol content of our wine.
So, when some wine snooty announces his wine has long legs, it simply means that the wine has a high alcohol content (probably in the 14+%). Doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t like the wine. So, while some men or women for that matter may be attracted to long legs, it’s not of great importance when it comes to wine in my opinion. Drink what you like so that you like what you drink!
This month's wine recommendation comes to us from my friends at Trefethen Family Vineyards. It is a blend of 52% Malbec, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Petit Verdot all grown on their estate in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. And I've got to tell you, this wine paired with my steak Gorgonzola and balsamic reduction is fantastic! It is called Dragon's Tooth named in honor of Catherine Trefethen, who was Welsh.
To learn the story of the Dragon, click on the bottle image bellow. Although I haven't found it in any of the wine shops in the Austin area, you can order it direct from Trefethen for $60 a bottle plus tax and shipping. Hint: You also have the option of joining their wine club (no membership fee) and get 20% off on all of your purchases.
Until next time, Cheers🍷