A Taste of Sophistication

Appearance

Color:
The color of wine comes from the skin of the grapes. You want to make sure your wine is relatively clear and isn't brackish. Hold the wine glass tilted over a white tablecloth or piece of paper and notice its color.
Opacity:
The wine's depth or opacity is a measure of how dark it is. Can you see sediment or bits of cork? Is it watery or heavy, translucent or opaque, dull or brilliant, cloudy or clear? An older red wine tends to be more translucent than a younger red.
Viscosity:
Give your wine a quick swirl and take a look at your glass. Notice the "legs" running down the sides? A common mistake people make is saying a wine has great legs and consequently, it's a good wine. In reality, the more viscous, the more legs. Legs can be caused by a few different things. The higher the sugar content, the higher the alcohol content and the higher the concentration of the solutes dissolved in the wine all determine the viscosity, but do not determine the quality.
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Made 19 November 2008
by Jessica Chasmar
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