Don’t Wine About the Calories

Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry, but more and more people are now choosing low-calorie and low-alcohol wines in a bid to avoid piling on the pounds. Some low-calorie wines are made using less sweet grapes than more traditional alternatives, whilst low-alcohol versions generally have fewer calories as well. If you have never tried these wines, here is a quick run-down on some of the tastiest varieties available.

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Yellow Tail Moscato – 7.5% | This is a zingy tropical fruit explosion with a refreshing finish. Best served ice-cold.

Taste the Difference Hunter Valley Bottle-Aged Semillon – 10.2% | This is made using low-alcohol grapes and is one of the best choices if you want a less belt-busting wine that still tastes similar to your usual tipple.

Weight Watchers Fruity White Wine – 8.5% | There’s no doubt that wine buffs would turn their refined noses up at this low-cal plonk, but it does serve a purpose. Chill it to within a hair’s breadth of ice and it’s drinkable and can help take the edge off the deprivation felt by people on a strict healthy-eating plan. At only 75 calories a glass, it’s kind to the figure, making sure that you’re not more full-bodied than your wine.

Brancott Estate Flight Sauvignon Blanc – 9% | These grapes have been picked early to reduce the alcohol levels in the wine, and the result is a sweet, fruity concoction with hints of passion fruit and pink grapefruit and a tangy lemon finish. It’s light enough to go with any meal or to enjoy with snacks over the festive period — healthy ones, of course.

Sutter Home Fre White Zinfandel – 0.5% | If you like your wine pink, fruity and sweet, then this is the choice for you. This would make a great desert wine (if you’re allowed a low-cal pudding).