All That Body!

Would you look at the body on this one…..Relax, we’re talking about the wine “body” 😆. When we refer to a body of a wine we are talking about the weight of the wine. Usually it’s in correlation to the amount of sugar a wine has as well (alcohol percentage). When you hear people referring to “legs” after swirling wine in a glass, they are looking at how fast or slow the drops move down the side of the glass (the slower the more sugar). Let’s break it down.


A easy way to determine how much body a wine has is to think about the weight of it on your tongue. Here’s my favorite example using milk.

For full body wines think of heavy cream. For reds these include Shiraz/Syrah, Zinfandel, California Cabs and Chardonnay, Viognier.

For medium body wines think whole milk. These include Merlot, some California Pinot Noirs, Malbec, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, French Chardonnay.

For light body wines think of 2% milk. These include Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc.

To be clear these are just examples of styles that generally fit into the categories. Wines has a lot to do with where it’s grown, usually if it’s hot it will be fuller and if it’s cold, it will be leaner. To make it simple without tasting it check the alcohol level. Anything over 13.5 is considered full bodied. Got it?