More and more people today are curious about how many calories they are consuming when it comes to food groups. Though it is quite common to forget that when drinking wine, we are also consuming calories. So how many calories are in wine?
The answer depends on the wine - though most dry white and red wines come in around the 100 calorie mark per glass. Assuming you are using the appropriate serving (100 - 150ml) in the correctly shaped wine glass.
There are fewer calories in wine than most other alcoholic beverages. Sauvignon Blanc can come in at 80 calories per serving. Chablis is a mild 85 calories, and a dry Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are around 90 calories per glass.


With approximately 10-15 additional calories you can sip a red Burgundy, red Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Merlot, Rhône red or Rosé and dry Champagne come is in at around 105 calories. Other wines weigh in much heavier in the calories - Muscatel and Madeira come in around 160, Tokay sneaks up to 165, while White Port hits 170 and red Port Wines can get up to 185 calories per glass.
While a single glass may only add about 100 calories to an evening, those who drink wine regularly tend to do so with a certain amount of vigour, consuming between 3 to 5 glasses in an evening. It's not just about the calories in wine when trying to maintain a low calorie lifestyle and still participate at social events. Some calories are easier to burn while others are easier to store. Wine comes from fruit which is a form of sugar. The sugar in wine, even dry wines, makes calories harder to burn off.
Sugar that comes from fruit is a natural and healthy energy, although once the fruit has been fermented, the sugar content changes and becomes more fructose-like than its original form. The calories in alcohol are metabolised first by the body, ahead of burning fat - which is not desirable if on a balanced diet.
Now, keeping in mind that an average Gin & Tonic is around 280 calories and that most chilled (packaged) alcoholic drinks can average 800 calories or above, needless to say red or white wine is certainly a low calorie choice given the options - drink in moderation.