Nothing beats a sunny afternoon spent unwinding, and it is never really complete without some wine! If you enjoy a good bottle of wine, you may know that it can quickly develop into something you do on a daily basis. Now, there is nothing wrong with a glass of wine after a long day at work. That would be the ideal situation, but the truth is you are more likely to down the whole bottle than stop at a couple of glasses.
It, therefore, helps to know how many calories there are in a bottle of wine. Calorie levels vary from one wine to the next, but there is a consistent spread among the numbers, which makes it easy to zero in on the right figures. In this piece, we shall focus on calories in white wine.
There are no nutrition information labels on the bottles, as they are not required. As such, most people often forget to stop and find out the calories in their drink. You may already know that alcoholic beverages, in general, rank high on the caloric scale. So, just how many calories does a bottle of white wine contain? Does the number of calories change with the type of white wine? Which white wine has the most calories?
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Calories Per Gram for Alcohol
It should come as no surprise that alcohol contains a lot of calories per gram. A gram of alcohol contains 7 calories, higher than carbohydrates, which have 4 calories in a gram. This essentially means that there are sweet wines that have a fewer number of calories than dry wines. Dry wines generally have an alcohol content ranging between 11% and 14%.
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Calories in White Wine
White wines have always gone well with meals. There is a gamut of variety to choose from when it comes to white wine with the Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc among the favorites. Other choices include; Pinot Grigio and Riesling, which can be sweet or dry. The New Zealand version of the Sauvignon Blanc is particularly loved for its zippy acidity. This type of wine is one of the most preferred during the hotter months of the year when they can be just as thirst-quenching as a glass of lemonade.
White wines are, ideally, served chilled. The USDA has the average number of calories for white wine at 121 for every five ounces. The calorie content for the standard bottle of white wine that you would have at a meal is 605. This number is a bit lower in the case of Riesling, which has 590 calories per bottle, which translates to 118 calories in five ounces.
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Sauvignon Blanc contains 595 calories per bottle, which is 119 calories in five ounces of the wine. Chardonnay has the highest number of calories for a bottle with 615 calories. This is 123 calories in five ounces.
A glass holding 175ml of wine would contain 159 calories. This is the same number of calories you will have eaten halfway through your burger. Two glasses of a wine containing this number of calories would add up to 332 calories. It takes just over half an hour of running to burn this number of calories.
Wine has quite a number of calories, even though there are varieties with a lower calorie content being made in Europe. These are made as such due to the production laws in the respective countries which require a lower alcohol content in specific classes of beverages.
That wine carries a higher amount of calories and that shouldn’t come as a surprise as the drink itself is the product of crushed fructose-filled grapes. The sugar content in grapes is quite high. Wines made from late harvest grapes have a bolder taste but also contain a much higher amount of sugar. 100g of grapes contains 16g of sugar.
Know the Strength of Your White Wine
The number of calories in a bottle should be another reason you check the alcohol content. The easiest way is to check the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) label. If you are drinking at a bar, then you can ask the bartender for such information.
Wine, like any other beverage or food, has calories, whose numbers most of you will be curious to take a look at. However, you don’t have to worry about it too much, since a single glass (or even a couple) wouldn’t do much damage. A glass of your favorite wine taken after work or at mealtimes does not necessarily mean that you are jeopardizing your fitness goals. If you are worried about the kind of wines you are drinking and their calorie compositions, always ask for low alcohol varieties. Wine with low alcohol content is usually much lighter in other aspects, as well and also has a low-calorie count.
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