Tuesday, December 13, 2005
A wine's body is measured by swirling it around the glass and seeing how long it takes the wine to flow down the sides. Full-bodied wines are heavy and come down the sides of the glass in sheets. Medium-bodied wines are less thick and break into "legs" (lines of colorless glycerin) as they flow down the sides. Light-bodied wines are not heavy and will not cling to the sides of the glass when swirled.
I have taken thin bodied wines and made them into medium bodied by adding more juice after about the second racking. It will referment, so make sure that you give it enough time. Current, I am doing it with my peach wine from this year since it was a little thin. I added in some Welch's White Grape/Peach Juice and it is currently plopping away.