The wine that drips back down after you swirl your glass is called "tears" or "legs." Thick, slow ones tell you the wine is:

C. Going to pack a punch

Or, perhaps, a karate kick. Higher alcohol causes thick, slow legs; lower alcohol makes thin ones. Neither is better. Unlike sumo wrestlers and pianos, wine cannot be said to have “nice legs.”

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Jennifer Rosen, award-winning wine writer, educator and author of Waiter, There’s a Horse in My Wine, and The Cork Jester’s Guide to Wine, writes the weekly wine column for the Rocky Mountain News and articles for magazines around the world. Jennifer speaks French and Italian, mangles German, Spanish and Arabic, and works off the job perks with belly dance, tightrope and trapeze.

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