Tears of what? Does wine cry, you ask? Not technically. Instead, “tears of wine” refers to the phenomenon of a ring of liquid near the top of the glass after you swirl its contents. Droplets form and appear to drip from the line, appearing to cry. High alcohol content makes the wine thicker and therefore the tears take longer to trail downwards.
This effect is also called wine legs, curtains, and church windows. With creative names like that, you can sound like a true connoisseur the next time you are out having dinner. “My, what impressive church windows this Sherry has…”