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Wine 101


一月 11, 2021

Written By Coravin

It’s the time of year – the time of year when many of us reflect on the past 12 months and resolve to make healthier lifestyle choices in the next twelve. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect and make small, sustainable changes that (hopefully) stick all year long.

How do you make sure changes are sustainable? Well, there’s a helpful acronym for that: S.M.A.R.T. Health, wellness, and even business professionals all recommend setting S.M.A.R.T. goals that help you take small steps towards a larger goal like “lose weight,” “have more energy,” or “achieve X.”

Here’s what it means:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Achievable

  • Relevant 

  • Time-bound 

When it comes to setting health-related goals, what we drink is oftentimes the first thing to change. Beverages – including wine – often include more calories than we’d like to believe. While these calories may not feel substantial, they still add up. 

The USDA recommends that alcohol be consumed in moderation – up to one drink per day for women, two for men. The one-drink-equivalent for a glass of wine with 12% ABV is 5 ounces, just under 4 ounces for 15% ABV, and 3.5 ounces for 17% ABV. 

Calories in wine

The amount of calories in wine depends on two things: the type of wine and the alcohol by volume (ABV). Generally speaking, the darker the wine the higher the calories per glass. Also, the higher the ABV, the higher the calories per glass.

Here are some averages based on the USDA serving size of 5 ounces per glass.

  • Sweet white (6-10% ABV): ~90-125 calories 

  • Sweet white (9-12% ABV): ~150-180calories

  • Dry white (9-13% ABV): ~100-120 calories

  • Dry white (12-14% ABV): ~130-145 calories

  • Red (11-13.5% ABV): ~115-140 calories

  • Red (13.5-16% ABV): ~140-165 calories

  • Sparkling wine (12.5% ABV): ~130 calories

  • Dessert wine (14-21% ABV): ~160-230 calories

It’s also worth noting that between 30-60% of calories in sweet whites and dessert wines come from sugar. So if “eat fewer sweets” happens to be on your resolutions' list, opt for a dryer white or a red.

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for wine drinking

As you can see, the calories in 1 glass of red wine differ from the calories in a glass of Pinot Grigio. Choose your wines wisely and make sure you’re set up to enjoy wine by the glass with the help of your Coravin wine preservation system. If you need help cutting back, here are some S.M.A.R.T. goals for consuming fewer calories from wine:

  • “I am going to drink less wine by having 2 wine spritzers each evening instead of 2 glasses of wine for the next 4 weeks.”

  • “I’m going to invest in more Coravin accessories this month – specifically capsules and screw caps – so I don’t need to pull the cork and therefore don’t feel obligated to drink the whole bottle in one sitting.”

  • “Starting tomorrow, instead of 2 glasses of wine at dinner, I will enjoy one paired with a glass of water so that I drink slower and more mindfully.” 

  • “Starting tomorrow, I will measure my pour so that I am having 5-ounce servings of wine at dinner – not more.”

All of these S.M.A.R.T. goals feel attainable because they don’t require abandoning a comforting, routine behavior (i.e. enjoying a glass of wine). Instead, they simply introduce a healthier option. 

Resolutions on your mind? Share how you’re drinking smarter this year. Tag us on social, @Coravin.