Raise Your Glass

...without raising the number on your scale.

Photography by Weston Carls

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’Tis the season to celebrate, and nothing says celebration more than a “cheers” with the ones you hold dearest. But as the glasses add up, so do the calories. Do you know what you’re drinking?

Raise a Glass


Serving size: 6 oz.

Alcohol content: anywhere from 9 to 17 percent, depending on the type

Calories: 100-200 depending on the type

The amount of alcohol in a wine is directly related to its calorie count. For the most part, white wines tend to be lower in both calories and alcohol content than reds. Light whites will have around 140 calories per glass, while a high alcohol content red like a pinot noir can have more than 200. 

Pro tip: There is a basic formula to calculate the calories in your wine:

% of alcohol x ounces x 1.6= calorie count

Always be sure to check with your server if the size of your pour is not clearly listed on the wine list.

Color is key. The color of wine is often a good indicator of its caloric and alcohol content. This Chardonnay on the left is the lightest, both in color and content, while the Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Blend on the far right is the heaviest. Keep this in mind when you’re pouring that next glass.

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