The holidays are behind us and so too is the season of indulgence.
But if you’ve pledged lose those extra pounds in the new year do you have to forgo your nightly glass of wine? Some wine have as little as 90 calories per glass, while others can be up to 300.
Here are four categories of wine that’ll go easy on your waistline:
Champagne and sparkling wines
At 90-125 calories per glass, sparkling wines have fewer calories than most other types of wine. The serving size, typically poured in a Champagne flute, which is also smaller than still wines and the bubbles cause consumers to sip it more slowly. (Hey, every little bit helps.) Opt for dry sparklers which don’t have much, or any, residual sugar, labeled “Brut,” “Extra Brut,” or “Brut Nature.”
Taittinger Brut La Française, Champagne, France, NV ($48)
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, Treviso, Italy, NV ($16)
Light White Wine
Lower calorie whites come from cool climate wine regions such as those in France, Germany and Italy. Here, grapes don’t achieve the level of ripeness they do in the warmer wine regions of the U.S., South America and Australia. Increased ripeness equals more grape sugars and, therefore, more calories. Wines such as pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and riesling are great choices.
Claude Riffault Sancerre “Les Boucauds,” Loire, France, 2014 ($20)
Dr. Loosen Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2014 ($14)
Light Red Wine
While white wines have fewer calories, some people just have to have their reds. If you fall into this category, opt for lighter style reds with lower alcohol and less sugar such as those made from the gamay, pinot poir or barbera grapes. which are kinder to your waistline than full-bodied wines like cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel.
Chateau de Jacques Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, France, 2012 ($28)
Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Le Orme, Piedmont, Italy, 2014 ($16)
Dry Rosé Wine
These delicious wines, with their inviting pink color, offer the lighter quality of white wines with the fruity appeal of reds, thanks to the few short hours the grape skins remain in contact with the juice. Look for dry style rosés like those from Provence which don’t have any sugar added like many white zinfandels and blush wines do.
Leone de Castris Five Roses Rosato, Puglia, Italy, 2014 ($16)
Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé, Provence, France, 2014 ($22)
Stephanie Miskew is a certified sommelier, wine educator and proprietor of The Wine Atelier, an online wine boutique. She also runs the The Glamorous Gourmet, a website dedicated to wine and entertaining.