How many Calories are there in Wine?
The calorific value of wine is a function of both alcohol and sugars with alcohol containing 7 calories per gram. There are several recognised ways that calorie information can be calculated and displayed. A calculation can be carried out of every individual wine. This takes into account alcoholic strength, sugar and carbohydrates but is costly to obtain the data.
A simper method is to use “generally accepted data” which is available from a harmonised database. This shows dry red and white wine as having 77Kcal per 100ml and sweet wine, 91Kcal. Values for sparkling wine increase with sweetness. Currently, values for Wine Society own label wines are shown using the generally accepted method. Legally, the value for 100ml must be shown alongside the value for a serving – which in our case is a 125ml glass (6 per bottle).
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