While most people understand not all wines are equal, this truth extends to the caloric content of wine.
• A 5-ounce serving of white wine, like a Vermentino
, contains 120 calories.
• A 5 ounce serving of sparkling wine, like a Spumante
, contains 80 calories.
Because most of a wine's sugar results from fermentation, you cannot have wine without sugar. Sugar and alcohol are the two sources for calories in wine. If you are concerned with calories while imbibing vino, pay more attention to the alcohol content than the sugar.
Now let's not forget that wine's calories are "good;" they emerge naturally rather than through artificial enhancement. Further, wine is confirmed to better lower the risk of type 2 diabetes than beer or mixers-this is due to alcohol's ability to adjust insulin sensitivity.