How Many Calories in Red Wine

Calculating and Managing Your Tipple

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How many calories are in a glass of red wine? Well, that depends somewhat on the person pouring the glass of red wine. A typical restaurant pour of red wine is 5 ounces or 147 grams, yet most of the trendy diets that allow wine, recommend 4 ounces of red wine as a standard serving size. Yes, a mere 1/2 cup of wine, measure and then pour. You may be surprised what a 4-ounce pour looks like in a large-rimmed red wine glass!

Calories by The Glass of Red Wine

When it comes to the number of calories in a glass of red wine, you can figure approximately 25 calories per ounce of red wine. So your glass of red wine at a typical restaurant tops out at 125 calories. While the standard "diet-friendly" glass of red wine only weighs in at 100 calories per 4 ounces, not bad! Just make sure you measure, to keep the count on the up and up.

Calories by the Bottle of Red Wine

If there are 25.4 ounces (750 ml) in the average bottle of wine, and if one ounce of red wine or white wine has about 25 calories, then one full bottle of wine contains about 635 calories.

Calculating the Calories

While there is some variability among varietals and wine styles, there is little caloric difference between red wine and white wine. Wines with a higher alcohol content have more calories than wines with a lower alcohol content. That’s because a gram of alcohol has 7 calories compared to a gram of carbohydrate (sugar), which has 4 calories.

The basic formula used to calculate the calories in wine is as follows:

  • % of Alcohol  X  Ounces  X  1.6  =  Calorie Content

So a six-ounce glass of wine that has an ABV of 15% has about 144 calories compared to a six-ounce glass of wine that has an ABV of 12%, which has about 115 calories.

Will Wine Make Me Fat

Wine is fattening even though there's no fat in wine; it contributes to a person's daily calorie intake with calories coming from both the sugar in the wine and the alcohol.

We all know to drink alcohol in moderation for safety purposes, but the same rule applies for caloric reasons as well. Just like anything else you love to eat or drink, wine has calories, and those calories can add up quickly when you’re not paying attention to them. Liquid calories tend to be easier to ignore than food calories because they don’t necessarily feel the same way going down, but if you aren’t careful, you can consume as many calories drinking wine as you would eating a giant slice of chocolate cake.

To many, a life without wine is a life not worth living, but by making the right choices, you can keep the calories down. By being cognizant of calories and making small changes to control your intake, there’s no reason that wine can’t be a regular part of your diet.