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Low Calorie Wine 101: Sip Smart with these Wines

Discover the world of high quality, naturally low calorie wines that bring the party to your palate without the guilt. From zesty, zero sugar Sauvignon Blancs to alluring Pinot Noirs, here's how to find low calorie wine that's actually good.

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By Maker Wine

July 01, 2023

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Who says you can't have your wine and drink it too? If you're looking to cut calories without sacrificing the joy of a good glass of vino, we've got you covered! In this article, we're spilling the beans (or should we say, the grapes?) on low-calorie wines that bring the party to your palate while being naturally low in sugar, carbs, and calories. No diet wine here, this is the good stuff. Get ready to raise your glass and toast to a (relatively) guilt-free indulgence.

Unlocking the magic of low-calorie wines

While many companies (who shall remain nameless) are slinging "skinny wine" or "diet wine," we're here to spill the secret that many dry wines from reputable producers are naturally low in sugar, calories, and carbs. You don't need to sacrifice flavor or soul to have a beautiful, low-calorie glass of wine.

You may be thinking, "Hmm... I'm suspicious, how can high quality wines also be low calories?"

The secret lies in a few key factors:

  1. Alcohol content: One of the main culprits behind wine's calorie count is alcohol. Lower calorie wines keep the alcohol levels in check, delivering the goods without the extra calories.

  2. Sugar sensibility: Sugar is another source of calories in wine. Mass-producers may add sugar to their wines to make them more palatable to customers. With "dry" wines, the fermentation process is allowed to finish completely, and all the residual sugar in wine is converted to alcohol and C02. Look for dry styles with little-to-no residual sugar – all Maker wines are dry with 0g of sugar and under 5 carbs per serving.

  3. Light and bright styles: Some wine styles are naturally low in calories thanks to their lighter body and brightness. So, if you're counting calories, start with sparkling wines, crisp whites, and delightful rosés. Our White and Sparkling Mixed Pack is a great place option.

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The Low-calorie wine all-stars

Now that we've lifted the curtain on low-calorie wine, it's time to learn which wine varietals are naturally low in sugar and calories. Here are a few of our faves – we offer all the varietals below, with 0g of sugar and under 5g carbs per serving.

  1. Sauvignon Blanc: This zesty varietal from New Zealand or the Loire Valley is a classic crowd pleaser with refreshing acidity and lively citrus notes. Case in point, our Sauvy B from Lieu Dit is only 91 calories per 5-ounce glass.

  2. Dry Riesling: Don't be fooled by the sweetness — Riesling can be a low-calorie superstar. Opt for dry Rieslings from Germany or Alsace, France, and you'll discover a world of aromatic bliss with a fraction of the calories. Our dry Riesling is sparkling, and only 117 calories per serving.

  3. Rosé: When it comes to low-calorie indulgence, Rosé is your go-to party partner. With its vibrant hues and flavors of bright red fruit, a glass of Rosé from Provence, Spain, or California will keep your taste buds and your calorie counter happy. Our Rosé of Grenache is a perfect option at just 117 calories per glass.

  4. Sparkling White: Sparkling wine lovers, rejoice! Bubbles are your ticket to fizzy delight without the extra carbs or calories. Sip on our Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc or Sparkling Riesling and let the bubbles tickle your nose while you revel in guilt-free effervescence – ours comes in at 91 calories per glass.

  5. Pinot Noir: For red wine enthusiasts seeking a low-calorie option, Pinot Noir is your knight in shining armor. Delicate, elegant, and lower in alcohol, our dry Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley is just 121 calories per glass. Bonus: It's family made and award-winning.

From the zesty Sauvignon Blancs to the alluring Pinot Noirs, the world of low-calorie wine offers a treasure trove of delicious options for every palate. Here's a quick look at the carbs and sugar in our top wines:

Maker best selling wines nutrition table with sugar and carbs

So, pop that cork (or crack that can!), pour yourself a glass, and enjoy the delightful flavors of these high-quality, low-calorie wines. It's time to raise a toast to the perfect blend of health and happiness.

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