How Many Calories Are In Your Wine Glass?

Do you love wine with dinner – or maybe a glass of champagne at your friend’s wedding?  What about that wonderful, sweet, thick dessert wine to polish off a fantastic meal?

You may have your preference – most of us do – but whether it’s red, white, dry, sweet, or sparkling, it is really easy to overlook the calories in those long-stemmed glasses.

How Big Is Your Glass?

A standard portion of table wine (red or white) is 5 oz. and contains about 12% alcohol.  A standard portion of fortified wine, such as sherry or port, ranges from 3 – 4 oz. and contains about 17% alcohol.   But how many ounces are really in the glass of table wine that you usually drink?  Probably five to eight!

On average, an ounce of red or white table wine has about 24 calories, so you’re drinking anywhere from around 120 to 200 calories of wine – in one glass!

What About Sweeter Dessert Wines?

If you have a sweeter dessert wine after dinner it’s about double the calories per ounce although the standard serving is less:  usually 3 to 4 oz.  So figure about 140 to 190 calories for each glass.

Calories in Wine:

  • 1 oz. of Champagne:  19 calories
  • 1oz. of red table wine (burgundy, cabernet):  25 calories
  • 1 oz. dry white table wine (Chablis, Hock, Reisling):  24 calories
  • 1 oz. sweet white wine (Moselle, Sauterne, Zinfandel:  28 calories
  • 1 oz. rose:  20 calories
  • 1 oz. port (about 20% alcohol):  46 calories
  • 1 oz. sweet dessert wine:  47 calories

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