Alcoholic beverages aren't required to carry nutrition facts labels, so the calories in a bottle of wine are a bit of a mystery. The calorie content of alcoholic beverages is often unknown to many, but if you're trying to count calories, accounting for your glass of wine at dinner can be a struggle.
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Caloric content of wine varies depending on the type of grape used, how long the wine is fermented and the amount of sugar added to the product. To help eliminate some of the mystery, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come up with an average caloric content for various types of wine.
Red Wine Calories Per Glass
Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have 122 calories in five fluid ounces, or 610 calories per bottle. A Pinot Noir has slightly fewer calories — 121 calories in five fluid ounces, or 605 calories per bottle.
New to red wines? Start with a Zinfandel, considered one of the best wines for beginners. A Zinfandel has 129 calories for every five fluid ounces, or 645 calories per bottle.
Read more: Sugar Content in Alcoholic Beverages
Calories in White Wine
Traditionally enjoyed in the warmer months, white wines are served chilled. According to the USDA and MyPlate, an average white table wine has 121 calories in five fluid ounces, or 605 calories per bottle. Riesling has slightly fewer than average — 118 calories in five fluid ounces, or 590 calories per bottle.
If you drink sauvignon blanc, you will get 119 calories in 5 fluid ounces, or 595 calories in a bottle. Chardonnay is a bit higher on the caloric scale at 123 calories in 5 fluid ounces, or 615 calories in a bottle of chardonnay.
Read more: Calories in Beer, Wine, Vodka and Whiskey
Enjoy Dessert Wine
If you are a fan of dessert wines, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 fluid ounces of a typical sweet dessert wine will set you back 165 calories, according to the USDA and MyPlate, or 1,205 calories in a 750 milliliter bottle.
A dry dessert wine contains slightly fewer calories per 3.5 fluid ounces than its sweet counterpart at 157, or 1,146 calories per bottle.
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- USDA National Nutrient Database: "Alcoholic Beverage, Wine, Table, Red"
- USDA National Nutrient Database: "Alcoholic Beverage, Wine, Table, White"
- USDA National Nutrient Database: "Alcoholic Beverage, Wine, Dessert, Dry"
- USDA National Nutrient Database: "Alcoholic Beverage, Wine, Dessert, Sweet"
- USDA Nutrient Database