Calories in Wine

What is Wine


Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugar, water, enzymes, acids, water and other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different styles of wine.

Calories in Wine

Depending on the wine, one glass of wine can range between 110 – 300 calories. The range has to do with alcohol content, inherent sweetness of the wine and serving size. The highest calories wines tend have the highest alcohol content. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram versus carbohydrates (sugar) which have 4 calories per gram. This means some sweet wines have fewer calories than some dry wines. Dry wines are commonly considered to range from around 11% alcohol to around 14%. However, a quick check of alcohol percentages of wines at the grocery store shows that many dry wines often exceed 15%. A standard 6 Oz glass of dry wine with 15% alcohol has 175 calories.

Alcohol-free Wine 37
Burgundy 95
Cabernet Sauvignon 90
Champagne 96
Chardonnay 90
Chianti 100
Merlot 95
Red Port 185
Red Table Wine 88
Riesling 90
Rose 82
White Port 175
White Table Wine 84


Calories in Wine (6 Oz Serving)

German Spatlese Riesling (Dr. Hermann “H” 2009) 110 calories Bottle 495 calories
Slightly Sweet Lambrusco (Lini 910) 140 calories Bottle 630 calories
Cabernet Sauvignon from France 160 calories Bottle 720 calories
German Auclese Riesling 160 calories Bottle 720 calories
Cabernet Sauvignon from California 75 calories Bottle 788 calories
California 16% Zinfandel (Bob Biale) 190 calories Bottle 855 calories
Australian Shiraz (Mollydooker The Boxer)
  • calories
Bottle 855 calories
Chateau Y’quem 270 calories Bottle 1215 calories (note: standard serving size is only 2oz which is 90 calories)





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