Angela Muir MW explains what ‘wine legs’ actually mean


I’ve seen many people pontificate about this phenomenon known as ‘legs’  but it doesn’t really say as much about a wine as they may lead us to believe.  Master of Wine Angela Muir explains the truth behind how these legs form and what they actually mean.

Legs in wine is manifested as a ring of clear liquid, near the top of a glass of wine, from which droplets continuously form and drop back into the wine. It is most readily observed in a wine which has a high alcohol content. It is also referred to as wine tears, curtains or even church windows.

Stephen Cronk
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I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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