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How Many Calories in a Glass of Red, White or Sparkling Wine

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In the spirit of new beginnings, many of us set resolutions to embrace healthier living. A significant aspect of this is being mindful of our dietary choices, including what we choose to drink. This article focuses on the calorie content in various types of wines. It aims to shed light on the often-asked question: how many calories are in a glass of red wine? By understanding these details, you can make well-informed decisions while enjoying your favorite wines.

When setting health-related goals, it’s essential to adopt the S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) approach. This method ensures that your objectives are clear and attainable, especially when it comes to moderating wine consumption. Let's apply this framework to understand the caloric content in wine and how it fits into a balanced lifestyle.

Understanding the Calories in a Bottle of Wine

The calorie content in a bottle of wine varies based on the wine type and its alcohol content. For example, a standard bottle of wine (750ml or about 25.4 ounces) will have different calorie levels depending on whether it's red or white, and its ABV (alcohol by volume). A bottle of red wine, typically richer in flavor and higher in ABV, contains more calories than a bottle of dry white wine. Being aware of these calorie counts as they are necessary for managing a balanced diet while enjoying your wine.

Caloric Content in Various Wine Types

The number of calories in a glass of wine is influenced by the wine type. For example, a standard 5-ounce (approximately 150ml) glass of red wine has about 115 to 165 calories, varying with the ABV and sweetness. Similarly, a glass of white wine typically holds between 90 to 145 calories per serving.

Here are some average calorie counts based on a 5-ounce serving as per USDA guidelines:

  • Sweet white wine (6-10% ABV): Approximately 90-125 calories

  • Sweet white wine (9-12% ABV): Roughly 150-180 calories

  • Dry white wine (9-13% ABV): About 100-120 calories

  • Dry white wine (12-14% ABV): Nearly 130-145 calories

  • Red wine (11-13.5% ABV): Around 115-140 calories

  • Red wine (13.5-16% ABV): Approximately 140-165 calories

  • Sparkling wine (12.5% ABV): Close to 130 calories

  • Dessert wine (14-21% ABV): Roughly 160-230 calories

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Exploring Low-Calorie Wine Options

For those seeking to restrict their calorie intake, choosing low-calorie wines is a wise decision. These wines are generally lower in ABV and sugar, offering a delightful taste without excess calories. Opting for a dry white or a lighter red wine can significantly reduce your calorie intake per glass, allowing you to enjoy the nuances of the wine while aligning with your health goals.

Here is a list of some favorites and their calorie intake per 5oz (150ml) serving:

  • Dry White Wines: Varieties like Pinot Grigio, Albariño, and Sauvignon Blanc tend to be lower in calories due to their lower ABV and minimal sugar content. On average, these wines contain between 100-120 calories per glass.

  • Dry Red Wines: Lighter red wines such as Pinot Noir and Gamay have fewer calories compared to fuller-bodied reds. They usually contain about 110-130 calories per 150ml serving.

  • Sparkling Wines: Brut or extra brut sparkling wines, like Champagne and Prosecco, which contain a low amount of sugar range from 110 to 130 calories per 150ml glass.

  • Rosé Wines: Similar to dry white wine, dry rosé wines range between 100-120 calories per glass.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for drinking wine

Choose your wines wisely and make sure you are set up to enjoy wine-by-the-glass (as opposed to feeling pressured to finish the bottle) with the help of your Coravin wine preservation system. If you need help cutting back, here are some S.M.A.R.T. goals for consuming fewer calories from wine:

“I am going to drink less wine by having 2 wine spritzers each evening instead of 2 glasses of wine for the next 4 weeks.”

“I’m going to invest in more Coravin accessories this month – specifically capsules and screw caps – so I don’t need to pull the cork and therefore don’t feel obligated to drink the whole bottle in one sitting.”

“Starting tomorrow, instead of 2 glasses of wine at dinner, I will enjoy one paired with a glass of water so that I drink slower and more mindfully.”

“Starting tomorrow, I will measure my pour so that I am having 5-ounce servings of wine at dinner – not more.”

All of these S.M.A.R.T. goals feel attainable because they don’t require abandoning small pleasures (i.e. enjoying a glass of wine). Instead, they simply introduce a healthier option.

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