Amount of Calories in a Wine Glass

If you’re a wine lover the calories in a glass of wine may be a concern. A glass of red wine contains 88 calories and a glass of white wine contains 84 calories. Hard liquor drinks and beer can also pack on the calories. As with any alcoholic drinks, moderation is always important.

WineCalories per glass (5oz)
Alcohol-free Wine37
White Table Wine84
Red Table Wine88
Cabernet Sauvignon90
White Port175
Red Port185

Bordeaux, Merlot, Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Rose. A glass of wine can compliment any dinner menu and is a true luxury after a long, tiring day.

Alcohol is notriously calorie-ridden but over the recent years wine (especially red wine) has become a favorite beverage of health enthusiasts since it contains high levels of antioxidants and research has shown that wine in moderation can help prevent coronary disease. However, your body burns alcohol before it burns fat, protein, or carbs which can add to extra, unwanted pounds.

One glass of wine with dinner will not hurt your diet, but considering wine is easy to drink a second and third glass, consider the amount of calories you will pack on. If you are a wine lover try to look through your regular diet and see where you can cut back in other areas. Switch to soda for water and potato chips for fruit and you’ll have room in your diet for a glass of Merlot.

Remember to moderate your intake of alcohol, especially if you are on a diet since you don’t want the extra calories. A good way to slow down drinking is to have a glass of water alongside dinner, and drink water instead of wine when you are thirsty. This will help you stick to one glass, keep you hydrated, and ensure that you aren’t adding anymore calories to your diet.


3 Responses to Amount of Calories in a Wine Glass

  1. Julia says:

    Would 2 glasses of red wine a night(merlot) help to gain weight.
    Thank You.

  2. Preeti says:

    Hi Julia. Drinking more wine means you're taking in more calories, so you will gain some weight. However, drinking wine is neither an efficient nor healthy way to gain weight.

    You should eat more fruits, vegetables, and high fibers if you would like to gain weight. Alcohol is a poor substitute as it's high in carbs and low in nutrients.

  3. Ian says:

    I'm sorry Preeti, but wine has a very low carbohydrate count. A 150 ml glass of red wine has a little over 100 kcal and 0.3 g carbohydrate plus some beneficial antioxidants! Yes it is high in calories and more than one glass a day (for ladies, a little bit more for the gents) is not advisable. Certainly not to be used for weight gain! But, can be enjoyed in moderation in a calorie controlled/diabetic diet!

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