Rosé wine is a summer staple: a well-established favourite when it comes to long, sunny days and vacation. You spend all year working out and eating right, so what could be better than sitting on an idyllic Spanish or French beach, sipping a rosé? Not much, unless you consider that your delicious rosé may have more calories than you think, and negatively affecting your hard-earned beach bod! Well, is that really the case? Let’s look a little deeper in order to find out.
Are rosé wine calories higher than other wine calories?
Not necessarily, no. In fact, wine itself does not have inherently more calories than other types of alcohol. It will vary widely and depend on a number of factors. Your rosé wine calories will come from the alcohol and residual sugar in the wine. You might be surprised to learn that it is the alcohol, and not the sugar, that has more calories – though both add up. Without getting too deep into the nutritional values, let’s say that as a general rule wines with high alcohol and high sugar will have the highest calories.
Let’s be clear, there are calories in alcohol, and wine calories can add up: It is estimated that a standard glass of wine of around 13% alcohol can contain as much 160 calories, the equivalent of a slice of cake in some cases. This is something to keep in mind, certainly, though it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy a glass or two of rosé wine (or any other wine for that matter) in moderation.
So how do rosé wine calories stack up?
For the calorie conscious rosé wine lover, consider dry rosé wines that are relatively low in alcohol. There is no hard and fast rule that says your rosé will be any higher (or lower) in alcohol (or sugar) than any other wine, so it will be worthwhile to take a little time to read the fine print on your wine labels. If you are seriously concerned about calories in your food and drink, it is best to consult a qualified professional such as a nutritionist.
Rosé wines to try
One region to consider is the Côte de Provence in France. This region is famous for its rosé wines, and you can find some high quality examples that are relatively low in alcohol, too.
- Magali Rosé clocks in at 12% alcohol. It’s an equal blend of 25% each Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, and is light and easy-to-drink.
- Miraval Rosé is one of the region’s best-known wines, in no small part due to an eye-catching label and bottle shape. At 13% alcohol, it is not a low alcohol wine by any means, so if you’re sceptical about rosé wine calories then perhaps just stick to a glass or two!
- Confidentielle Rosé comes from the same producer as Magali Rosé, Saint André de Figuière. Here, you’ve got a major step-up in quality – as well as an increase in alcohol content, with this one weighing in at a solid 12.5%. This has a complex nose with subtle black pepper notes, and a long and persistent finish.