legs

Lemma

legs

Etichetta di dominio

EN

Etichetta grammaticale

n.

Definizione

The rivulets of wine that slowly descend along the inside of a glass after the wine has been swirled, sometimes regarded as an indication that the wine is full-bodied. 1

Nota

Term used when referring to the liquid rivulets that form on the inside of a wineglass bowl after the wine is swirled in order to evaluate the alcohol concentration present. Usually the higher the alcohol content, the more impressive the rivulets appear because of reduced surface tension effects. (Some still cling to the erroneous belief that glycerin content causes these rivulets). Valuable technique when used in "blind" tasting competitions. Alternatively, is used by some as a near synonym for "balance" as in "This wine has legs", ie: underpinnings. Indicates the wine has all the basic characteristics looked for in when making an initial assessment. 2

Contesto

The longer the legs, the higher the alcohol content, like in sweeter wines. 3

Trascrizione fonetica

[leg] 4

Sinonimi e Antonimi

Tears. 5

Abbreviazioni

ND

Etimologia

Leg, Middle English leg earlier legge, comes from Old Norse leggr, the leg or merely its calf (compare Old Norse armlegger, the arm), akin to Lombard lagi, thigh, Old Slavic lakŭtĭ, lower arm. Germanic root, perhaps leg-, variant of lag-; Indo-European root, probably lak-. 6

Etichetta di paese
ND
Ente

Università degli Studi di Genova - Facoltà di Lingue e letterature straniere - Corso di Laurea Teorie e tecniche della mediazione interlinguistica

Data della scheda
Sat Sep 20 00:00:00 2008
Autore

Marcello Guastamacchia

Fonti

1 : «http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/leg», (06/08/2008)

2 : «http://www.uncork.biz/tidbits23.htm», (06/08/2008)

3 : «http://mqjeffrey.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Go-Wine-Tasting-», (22/11/2011)

4 : «http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/leg_1?q=leg», (22/11/2011)

5 : «http://www.wineeducation.com/glosl.html», (22/11/2011)

6 : Partridge E., Origins – A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1959, 2nd edition, p. 344.

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