I was pretty surprised when Nicole Richie got a boob job. She just didn’t seem like the type. But hey, some people just want more body I guess, either on their chest or in their glass.
Body is the only aspect of wine that you use your sense of touch for as opposed to sight, smell or taste. If a wine’s full-bodied, you’ll feel weight, thickness and viscosity on your tongue.
So how does a wine get body? Lots of it is just the natural quality of different grapes. Red wines’ body is due in part to the alcohol level and the tannins. But there are also some techniques that boost the body, like stirring the juice with its lees (ie, yeast cells that fall to the bottom) or aging the wine in oak barrels.
And here are just a few of each type, so you have examples or just sound cool:
Light bodied: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
Full bodied: oaky Chardonnay, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Barolo
Sweeter wines can be unctuous due to the glycerine. You won’t find any silicone though. You’ll have to find that in Nicole Richie’s bra.