Calories in Wine
What we know:
- alcohol adds 7 grams of calories per liter
- sugar adds 4 grams of calories per liter
- all other components in wine (water, minerals) don't add any calories worth noting
So dry wines that are lower in alcohol and residual sugar have less calories in them.
The dreaded next day!
What we don't know:
It's a bit of a guesstimate as to how much sugar is contained within the bottle.
It should be easy enough to find out...
Except there are no nutrition labels on bottles or boxes of wine. Nada. Zip.
Booze is exempt from placing nutrition labels on it's products. Hard to believe that I'm writing this in 2018, because pretty much everything else that we ingest has to have them. Rightly so.
In general, cheaper dry wines have more residual sugar in them than the more expensive dry wines. :/
Sugar can cover up some not-so-good flavors in wine. It's also true that sugar is addictive.
Is the wine you just bought:
- or dessert?
Because that will determine how much residual sugar, and thus the total calories in wine. Or should. Except...
It seems that there is an obscure benchmark of how much residual sugar (RS) should actually be present in the above styles of wine. And some sources use more descriptors than the above four, like adding extra-dry or medium-sweet to the styles.
So the only real way to know how much residual sugar is in the wine, is if it's listed on the bottle. Most bottles don't include it. But you can use the high end of what the retailer uses for their benchmark in that style of wine, and plug it in to the sugar calculator below.
For instance, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario has a sweetness chart that uses the benchmark 0-8g/l RS to describe a wine as "extra-dry". So simply use the higher figure of 8g/l (0.8%) as the RS figure to add into the sugar calorie calculator.
It's not as accurate as knowing the actual RS, but at least by using the higher number - your calorie count will stay within the limits that you want.
In case the RS is only listed in g/l, just divide by 10:
Eg. 2g/l ÷ 10 = 0.2% RS or 13g/l ÷ 10 = 1.3% RS or 40g/l ÷ 10 = 4% RS etc.
Use these simple calculators below to figure out the calories in any wine.
Calories in Wine Calculators
Add the two answers together from each of these calculators to get the total calories.